éopold-Drolet in Sherbrooke.The Saint John Sea Dogs followed the script Saturday and took the player everyone predicted, selecting Joseph Veleno first overall at the Palais des Sports L
Predicted since Thursday, anyway, when Hockey Canada finally allowed Veleno’s application for exceptional status. Veleno turned 15 years old in January. He is the first exceptional status player to enter the QMJHL.
The Kirkland native had 52 points in 41 games in Quebec’s highest midget circuit. He also had 10 points in six games for Team Quebec at the Canada Winter Games this season, and added five points in five games for Quebec Blue at the Gatorade Excellence Challenge. He is a gifted offensive player but also plays a 200ft game, and will be a great asset for the Sea Dogs on and off the ice.
There have been four other CHL players granted the exceptional status tag and all four entered the OHL draft.
He’ll have his work cut out for him, as the Sea Dogs look to retool following a trying year with aRead More »from 2015 QMJHL Draft: Veleno taken first overall by Sea Dogs as first QMJHL exceptional status pick