Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin updates the progress of draft picks Joe Veleno, Otto Kivenmaki, Jesper Eliasson and Jonatan Berggren. The Detroit News
Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin liked what he saw of Joe Veleno's debut for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth.
Veleno, a 6-1, 190-pound center who was selected by Detroit with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist with two shots and was plus one in a 4-1 victory over the United States at USA Hockey Arena on Tuesday.
The native of Kirkland, Quebec is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when Canada faces Sweden at 1 p.m. Veleno and his linemates Kirby Dach and Alexis Lafreniere didn't play in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to Finland.
Dach, the third overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2019, had two goals and one assist against the U.S. Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 player for the 2020 draft, had one assist as the line combined for six points, eight shots and two power-play goals.
"I thought he looked great," Martin said. "He was having a little more success in terms of puck battles and the strength that he showed out there. It's a real credit to the work he's put in at the gym. He's had two really good offseasons and he has a chance to play a big role on the Canadian team."
Here's what Martin had to say about the other three Red Wings' prospects at the four-team tournament, which wraps up on Saturday with Canada facing the U.S. at 4 p.m.
► Finland's Otto Kivenmaki: Winger, 5-8, 140 pounds, 7th-round pick in 2018, (one assist, 4 shots in 2 games): "I see him as a high-end skill winger. He's more of a playmaker and needs to work on his ability to shoot and be a threat to shoot. When I sam him play last year in the Finnish junior league, he dominated that league and needed to move which he did and had some good success. He's on the smaller side but just needs to get stronger."
► Sweden's Jonatan Berggren: Winger, 5-11, 180 pounds, 2nd-round pick in 2018, (scoreless in 2 games): "We see him as a competitive winger, a guy who can play a two-way game. He's equally as strong offensively as he is defensively. Because he's been out for so long with his injury, his game conditioning needs to get where the rest of the group is. Big picture, we think he's got really good upside."
► Sweden's Jesper Eliasson: Goalie, 6-3, 190 pounds, 3rd-round pick in 2018 (4.54 goals against average with a .829 save percentage): "He was one of the better goalies in the Swedish junior league. When the pro goalies were off at tournaments or if there were injuries, he had a chance to go up and play some games at the higher level with the pro teams and we felt he adapted very well."
World Junior Summer Showcase
All games at USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth
Saturday: Finland 3, USA White 2
Saturday: USA Blue 4, Sweden 2
Sunday: USA Blue 7, Finland 1
Sunday: Sweden 2, USA White 1 (OT)
Tuesday: Canada 4, USA 1
Wednesday: Finland 8, Canada 3
Wednesday: USA 6, Sweden 0
x-Friday: Canada vs. Sweden (1 p.m.)
x-Friday: USA vs. Finland (4 p.m.)
x-Saturday: Sweden vs. Finland (1 p.m.)
x-Saturday: Canada vs. USA (4 p.m.)
x-Game on NHL Network