North American Skater
JOSEPH
VELENO
POSITION: C
SHOOTS: Left
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
Weight: 191
Born: 01/13/2000
Mid Term Rank: 13
Nationality: Canadian
Club: SAINT JOHN
League: QMJHL

• Veleno posted 6-25—31 in 31 GP as captain of Saint John in 2017-18 before a mid-season trade to Drummondville (16-32—48 in 33 GP). His 57 assists overall were tied for the third-most in the QMJHL, trailing only Alex Barre-Boulet (63) and Vitalii Abramov (59). He added 5-6—11 in the 2018 QMJHL Playoffs (10 GP), including scoring the series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the First Round against Cape Breton.

• He was a member of Saint John’s President Cup-winning team in 2017, recording 8-3—11 in 18 playoff games en route to a QMJHL championship. At the 2017 Memorial Cup, Veleno produced at a point-per-game pace (3-1—4 in 4 GP) before the Sea Dogs bowed out in the semi-finals.

• Veleno was selected first overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft after becoming the fifth player to be granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada, allowing him to play major junior hockey as a 15-year-old. The others: John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid and Sean Day.

• Internationally, Veleno represented Canada at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship (0-3—3 in 4 GP) and captained his country to a gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (2-5—7 in 5 GP).

• Models his style of play after Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews.