Blues Draft Yannick Veilleux in NHL Entry Draft Fourth Round

With the 102nd pick overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Blues have selected power winger Yannick Veilleux of the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes.

The city of Shawinigan is known for producing hydroelectric power (hence the team's name, which is french for "cataract," or waterfall), and Veilleux emerged as a productive power forward for the fourth-place West Division finisher (7th overall) in the "Q."

The Scouting Report.com website filed this report on Veilleux, in an article entiteld "The QMJHL: Who's Out There After Couturier?" from November 2010:

Yannick is a power forward that can put the puck in the net. There is no lack of size for a 17 year old and he gives it his all every game never shying away from a check. For a player of his style he’s fairly disciplined with only 10 PIM to date this season. Last season he had only 3 goals and 6 assists in 55 games. He already has more than double that this season with 8 goals 10 assists and a +9 rating. Yannick has had an increase in responsibility and has responded in a great way. If he can continue his strong season it will not be a surprise to see him go in the first few rounds.

Veilleux finished the season with a 19-29-48 scoring line (minus-9, 40 PM) in 68 games for les Cataractes, also chipping in 10 goals on the power play and three game-winners. In the playoffs, Veilleux posted two goals and seven points (plus-1, 14 PM) in 12 games played, with no PP goals or game-winners.

LINK to Veilleux profile at NHL.com.

Here's a look at a pretty goal from the high slot, scored by Veilleux against the Rimouski Oceanic back in late March:

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