Joe Veleno speaks with Khan regarding his promotion to the second line

Red Wings forward Joe Veleno practiced with Pius Suter and Filip Zadina this morning, and, after practice, he spoke with MLive’s Ansar Khan regarding his promotion:

“This is a big opportunity,” Veleno said. “I’ve had some chances in the past and this year to kind of showcase what I can do.I think I’ve built that confidence in some of the games. I’ve shown myself that I’m able to play at this level. I think it’s just bringing it every day and every single game, not taking any days off. I just got to prove it every single night.”

Veleno, the 30th pick in 2018, skated at wing on the second line, with Pius Suter and Zadina in practice.

Veleno has had three stints in Detroit but hasn’t played more than five consecutive games before being sent back to Grand Rapids or, in the latest case, getting injured. Now, with center Mitchell Stephens (lower-body injury) out until at least February, Veleno can gain traction.

“He’s got better hockey in him than what he’s played so far,” Blashill said. “He had the really good period against Toronto (Oct. 30) where he controlled the puck. I think he’s done a good job at times. When he has the puck on his stick, he can transport from one end to the other and control it. But I think there’s more there and I’m hoping we see that tomorrow night.”


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3 thoughts on “Joe Veleno speaks with Khan regarding his promotion to the second line”

  1. Well Joe, make Blashill see what you have, RIGHT. A couple of other young and older players have not performed for a long period of time.

    Blashill’s dog house is with another team, just so you know.

    The Wings are facing a NYI team that hasn’t won in 9 Games, BEWARE!

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