The Detroit Red Wings take Center Joe Veleno with the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. This is the Red Wings 2nd pick in the first round. The pick originally belonged to the Vegas Golden Knights, however it was traded to Detroit for Forward Tomas Tatar at the end of the trade deadline.
Joe Veleno is a center out of the QMJHL last season. In 65 games played with the Saint John Sea Dogs and Drummondville Voltigeures, Veleno had 79 points on 22 goals and 57 assists. Scouts say his strong suit is his skating ability, bringing speed and agility. He is also a good playmaker and is tagged as that more than a sniper. Veleno is also very active on the defensive end.
Many are surprised that the Wings went with two forwards in the draft where it’s been preached that defenseman was a huge need to address in this years draft, however nobody expected Veleno to fall all the way to the Red Wings 31 especially with him being placed high on many rankings.
Earlier the Red Wings took Filip Zadina with their sixth overall pick in the draft. Let us know what you think of the pick in the comment section. Like it or dislike it?