Since being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Jimmy Vesey has developed into a powerful two-way forward. After repeated attempts to re-sign with Nashville failed, the Buffalo Sabres decided to jump in and acquire negotiation rights for Vesey. For Buffalo to procure the added days of negotiation time with Jimmy Vesey, they had to compensate the Preds with a 2016 3rd round selection. Vesey has spent the last four seasons in the NCAA with Harvard, whilst also doing spells with the USA U20s and Team USA. He has gone from strength to strength and now, after captaining Harvard for a season and winning the Hobey Baker Award, Jimmy Vesey looks to be NHL ready.
As it stands Buffalo haven’t managed to sign up Jimmy Vesey, and the two-way winger’s camp doesn’t believe that they will before the NHL free agency opens. As reported by the Boston Herald, Vesey’s father Jim, who is and ex-Bruin, was surprised by the trade to Buffalo because Jimmy plans to see all available offers. Jim Vesey said: “I’m surprised this deal went down, but it’s still my understanding that he’s going to August 15th and free agency. “The game plan as of like [Sunday] was to have a list of possible [potential] teams ready, and get to August 15th and then decide. I know nothing has changed. I bet Jimmy’s surprised by this, too.”
The Sabres have a wealth of top young players in their prospect pool, but Jimmy Vesey jumps right to the top of their left winger corps – ability wise. The 6’3’’ 205lbs forward is strong at both ends of the ice, with his deft passing and great vision making him a great option in the offensive zone. At the other end of the ice, the 23-year-old uses his might productively but can be somewhat latent with his coverage duties at times. Die by the Blade see Jimmy Vesey immediately making the NHL lines, and becoming a productive top-six forward. The Sabres oriented source sites Vesey’s connections with Jack Eichel as being the real driving force to acquiring the skater on a permanent deal. Vesey and Eichel, both from Massachusetts, played for the same summer league hockey team, and share the same agent. There’s a decent chance that, if he becomes a Sabre, Vesey will feature on the same line as Eichel, providing both playmaking ability and extra defense. Nashville got a pretty sweet deal here, managing to receive an equal round pick for a player who wasn’t going to re-sign with them; whether the deal was so good for Buffalo is yet to be seen.