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Quick Hits: The First Round Picks Edition

NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In Red Wings Land

Translation: Joe Veleno is really freakin’ good at hockey.

The Red Wings’ first round draft pick scored 6 points (Hat trick, three assists) last night for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. The center now has 16 goals and 35 points in 22 games.

Meanwhile, over in the AHL...

Filip Zadina now has seven goals in 18 games so far this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Around the League

Winnipeg fan wins $1 million after Patrik Laine scores five goals in a game | CBS Sports

Thanks to the “Score & Win” game held by Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys/Safeway, the five-goal game won Winnipeg’s Christopher Haley one million dollars. According to the rules of the contest, a $1 million prize is awarded to a selected fan if a single Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton or Winnipeg player scores five goals in a contest.

The one million dollar prize will be awarded over the course of 20 years, with the fan receiving $50,000 annually during that time. Not a bad deal.

Patrik Laine’s five goal game means that Johan Franzen is no longer the last NHL player to accomplish that feat.