This article is part of our The Kids' Table series.
The indecisiveness of children has been well documented. Let's face it, the decision-making skills of a child aren't really something anyone should be banking on. This isn't to say that Jimmy Vesey is a child or that his decision to spurn the Predators and become a free agent was a childish one. But from what I'm reading about the situation, it sure seems like some mutiny was afoot.
If you're unfamiliar with Vesey, who just finished up his career at Harvard University last week, here is a good way to catch up. Long story short, the Predators selected Vesey with the 66th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. One of the top players in the NCAA for these last two seasons, he's now finished his career at Harvard with 80 goals and 144 points over 128 games. The Predators were under the impression that Vesey would sign his entry-level contract following the end of this season and help Nashville in its quest for the Stanley Cup. Instead, Vesey has declared he'll test free agency.
Vesey is just a kid, so we shouldn't really judge him for choosing to test the waters, right? Of course. But there's also the shady side of the story – the side where we find out that the Maple Leafs hired Vesey's father, Jim, as an amateur scout, most likely in hopes of luring his son to Toronto. Now there are reports coming out that his hometown Bruins are the reason Vesey went the route