A major trade occurred Friday night in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Top 2018 draft prospect Joseph Veleno has been traded from the Saint John Sea Dogs to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
Here are a couple of French tweets breaking down the deal - don't worry, we will translate.
The first tweet breaks the trade between the two teams, expressing that this will be a breath of fresh air for Veleno, while the second tweet shows the haul received by the Sea Dogs - three first round picks and two second round picks.
Now you may be asking why this is a major trade, or news you should care about. Well - Veleno is one of the top prospects in a very deep 2018 draft class - he was granted exceptional status to play in the QMJHL at age 15, an extremely rare feat and sign of talent.
The 6'2" centerman will be highly-coveted by many teams. The reason this trade is important is because Veleno was having a relatively underwhelming beginning to the season, with 31 points in 31 games. While that isn't bad, these aren't the kind of numbers expected out of a top 10, or even top 5 pick.
The Sea Dogs are one of the worst teams in the entire league, while Drummondville is one of the strongest. Switching to a team with significantly more talent will prove to be a huge boost in the player's stock, as his numbers will undoubtedly improve.
Veleno will be a really important player to monitor as the 2018 NHL draft approaches.