Saturday, July 22, 2017

More 2018 NHL Draft rankings released

More 2018 NHL Draft rankings have been released. released its early top 31 (yeah, 31!) for 2018 on Wednesday, ranking Saint John Sea Dogs forward Joe Veleno 17th overall.

Veleno was the second highest ranked player from the QMJHL behind Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Jared McIsaac who was ranked 11th.

The ranking is one of the lowest Veleno has received so far (although not many have been released). In The Hockey News' annual Draft Preview edition, the exceptional forward was ranked third overall. Last month, The Hockey Writers listed Veleno as one of the top prospects available for next year's draft.

Veleno has recorded 83 points in 107 regular season QMJHL games. He's added 18 points - 14 of them goals - in 35 playoff matches.

A lot will change with these rankings over the next year. As we've said before, it'll be interesting to follow Veleno's ranking throughout the 2017-18 season.

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