Veleno, Seider standouts in Wings’ first Prospects Tourney games
Joe Veleno, left, scored two goals in each of the first two Red Wings’ Prospects game, while Moritz Seider, had an assist in each of the first two games.
Joe Veleno has been the standout for the Red Wings in their first two games of the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
Veleno, a 19-year-old center and the Red Wings’ second first-round pick (30thoverall) in the 2018 NHL draft, scored two goals in each of the first two contests, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday evening and a 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon at Centre I.C.E. Arena.
Veleno signed an entry-level contract over the summer and is expected to start the season with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. But he has said he is determined to make the Detroit roster out of training camp.
“He put in a lot of time getting better, spending the summer in Detroit,” Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin told Ken Kal and Daniela Bruce between the first and second periods Saturday on the YouTube streaming webcast of the game.
Martin also said that defenseman Moritz Seider, the Wings’ first-round pick (sixth overall) in this year’s draft, has been impressive. Seider, 18 and 6-4, 207 pounds, had an assist in each of the first two games.
“I thought Mo (Seider) looked really good,” Martin said. “… I thought he was very good.”
Seider, who also signed a three-year, entry-level contract over the summer, is expected to play in either Grand Rapids or Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top league, where he played last season.
Martin said that it is significant that the teenagers have impressed in a tournament that also includes players who are in their early 20s.
“The 18- and 19-year-olds who look good in the tournament is something special,” Martin said.
Veleno scored two power-play goals in a span of 39 seconds in the second period on Saturday to give Detroit a 5-2 lead. Filip Zadina, the Red Wings top pick in 2018 (sixth overall) had three assists on Saturday to give him four points – all assists – for the tournament.
Ryan Kuffner had a goal and an assist Saturday after scoring on Friday night and Givani Smith also had a goal and an assist against St. Louis. He added a fight for a Gordie Howe hat trick.
Defenseman Jarid Lukosevicius also scored his second goal in two games on Saturday.
Veleno scored twice in the second period on Friday to tie the game at 4-4.