Red Wings sign centre Joe Veleno to entry-level contract

Drummondville Voltigeurs centre Joe Veleno. (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

The Detroit Red Wings have signed 2018 first-round pick Joe Veleno to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Veleno, 19, is coming off a career year with the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 59 regular season games, he had 42 goals and 104 points, then added eight goals and 17 points in 16 playoff games.

Veleno is the only player to ever be granted exceptional player status in the QMJHL, which allowed him to enter the league a year early at age 15.

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