Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey
27-Year-Old Left WingLW
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Vesey was shipped off to Buffalo in the offseason following three seasons on Broadway. The 26-year-old Harvard product scored 16, 17 and 17 goals in those three campaigns, and Vesey added 18 assists last season for a career-high 35 points. He'll likely take on a middle-six role for the Sabres similar to the one he played downstate, and there's little reason to expect significant deviation from the baseline Vesey has established for himself thus far unless he unexpectedly locks down a spot alongside Jack Eichel on the top line. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Rangers in July of 2018. Traded to Sabres in July of 2019.
Upside doesn't materialize
LWBuffalo Sabres
June 8, 2020
With the Sabres being one of seven NHL teams that won't be part of the playoffs, Vesey has played his last game of 2019-20 and will soon become an unrestricted free agent, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Vesey didn't perform poorly, though like a lot of Sabres his production was modest and he only put up 20 points in 64 games while barely seeing any power play time. He got better as the season went along, and even though he's probably in line for a bigger salary than the $2.275 million he made in 2019-20, the Sabres seem like a decent bet to bring him back under a new deal.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:23
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:57
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
14:20
1:28
0:10
2018–19
16:03
1:41
1:18
2019–20
13:48
0:23
0:57
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Vesey won the Hobey Baker award as the nation's best collegiate player at Harvard in 2016, but he's enjoyed moderate success at best at the NHL level. While he does have 33 goals through two seasons, he dished out just 11 assists in each campaign and has a minus-31 rating. At 25 years of age, the 6-foot-3 winger is also older than a significant chunk of New York's lineup despite his relative inexperience. Vesey could still make a leap with top-six minutes and power-play time up for grabs on Broadway, but he's been given such opportunities before without much to show for them.
One of the most hotly pursued college prospects in a long time, Vesey somewhat surprisingly signed with the Rangers last summer, but he proceeded to disappoint in his rookie campaign. Expected to step in as an instant top-six mainstay, he often struggled in all phases of the game, finishing with 16 goals, 11 assists and a minus-13 rating in 80 contests. That’s especially frustrating for fantasy owners after he collected nine points in the season’s first 10 games; the Harvard product’s game didn't look “wicked smaht” very often thereafter, and he often found himself banished as far as the fourth line (and the press box a couple times). Of course, we're talking about a 24-year-old who racked up 66 goals and 48 assists over 70 games over his final two collegiate seasons, so it’s much too soon to give up on him.Given his talent level, Vesey's likely to see a significant spike in production as an NHL sophomore.
For the last two years, Vesey has been perhaps the biggest art in college hockey, racking up 114 points in just 70 games while playing for Harvard. He's believed to be able to step into a top-six role right away, and every single team in the league can benefit from that kind of player. However, after he spurned the Preds (who drafted him in the third round in 2012), he had his rights traded to the Sabres, whom he promptly informed that he intends to enter free agency regardless. That leaves Vesey with a lot of intrigue, a lot of hype, and a lot of uncertainty. If the Sabres sign him, they could become a very potent offensive team with yet another shooter to deploy alongside Jack Eichel. Whether Vesey can live up to his billing remains to be seen, but given the attention he’s attracted, he should be one of the league’s top rookies no matter where he lands, with a 20-goal campaign not at all out of the question.
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Snags helper in 300th career game
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 28, 2020
Vesey registered an assist and two shots on net in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Adds insurance marker
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 16, 2020
Vesey scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Two points including winner
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 7, 2020
Vesey scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
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Collects goal in loss
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 7, 2020
Vesey notched a goal during Thursday's shootout loss to Detroit.
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Nets tally in win
LWBuffalo Sabres
January 16, 2020
Vesey scored a goal, dished two hits and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Stars.
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