Player: Keven Veilleux
Played with WBS Penguins: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
Where is he now? Playing for the Portland Pirates in the AHL.
Veilleux, 24, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2007 draft as a promising power forward with size and hands. Unfortunately, injuries and a bit of trouble limited his time on the ice.
He appeared in only nine games in 2009-10 as a rookie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being sidelined with an injury. The following season, the 6-5, 224-pound Veilleux regained his health and played in 66 games for the Penguins, notching 12 goals, 36 points and 122 penalty minutes.
He is best remembered for sticking up for his teammates, especially in a bout against Binghamton’s David Dziurzynski who had injured Alex Grant with a hit in the preseason.
Injuries caught up to Veilleux again, however, and he missed the entire 2011-12 campaign. Last year he dressed for four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being sent to Wheeling. Veilleux played in 31 games for the Nailers before he was suspended for the rest of the season for using a racial slur at an opponent.
This season, Veilleux bounced between Gwinnett and Elmira in the ECHL before landing in Portland. In 11 games with the Pirates, he has two goals and 45 penalty minutes.
— Tom Venesky