Veilleux Nearing Return to AHL 11/8

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Veilleux played in Wheeling (ECHL) last night. He is expected back in WBS by Sunday per head coach John Hynes.
I spoke with Wheeling Nailers beat writer Shawn Rine last night and asked for his insights on some familiar names for Penguins fans.

On Keven Veilleux and how he looked his first time playing in a hockey game that meant something since the 2010-11 Calder Cup Playoffs: 
"As expected, Veilleux man among boys. Showing great patience and vision. Would like to see him shoot it once in a while, though."
Injuries have plagued Veilleux's career thus far, but the 6-5, 225 pound forward can play in a lot of different roles and can play up and down the lineup. It's a big "if" but I believe a healthy Veilleux can be a difference maker for this team. 

Rine's take on defenseman Carl Sneep, who is losing a numbers game with all the healthy defensemen the Penguins currently have. I have no doubts that Sneep can play at the AHL.
"Sneep has been solid with a pair of primary helpers, the second one a beauty. He's the real deal back there."
I also asked about Adam Payerl. After watching him play in Western New York, through the preseason and even into the regular season, I really thought he was going to stick with the Penguins full-time. Payerl brought some grit and toughness, dropping the gloves with Hershey's Matt Clackson. He also scored a goal, was physical and hustled every shift he was on the ice.
"Payerl also what I expected. He's an energy guy that needs work on hands and finishing. But is extremely hard worker going to tough areas."



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