The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan wrote something of a primer for Red Wings fans who will be attending the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth this weekend and upcoming week:
First-round draft choice Joe Veleno is one of four Detroit Red Wings’ draft picks who will compete in the World Junior Summer Showcase, which gets underway Friday and continues next week at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
The nine-day tournament features 11 international games with many of the best under-20 players representing four nations: the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.
Veleno, a 6-1, 194-pound center who had 42 goals and 104 points for the Drummondville Voltigeurs last year, will play for Canada and will open the tourney against Team USA on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Two of the other Detroit picks, goalie Jesper Eliasson and forward Jonatan Berggren, are with Team Sweden and will face the USA Blue team on Saturday at 4 p.m., and the USA White team on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Eliasson was a third-round selection who had a 2.43 goals-against average and .919 save percentage with the Vaxjo Lakers, and forward Jonatan Berggren was a second-round pick who missed most of the year with Skelleftea AIK because of a back injury.
Seventh-round pick Otto Kivenmaki will play for Finland, which plays against the USA White team on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the USA Blue team on Sunday at 1 p.m.