Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey
25-Year-Old Left WingLW
New York Rangers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Vesey agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers in July of 2018.
Another 17-goal season
LWNew York Rangers
April 8, 2019
Vesey finished the season with 17 goals and 35 points in 81 games.
Vesey has improved with every season, but his growth has come at a snail's pace. He's now scored 16, 17 and 17 goals in his first three seasons, as well as 27, 28 and 35 points. The 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner as the nation's best collegiate player is just another guy at the NHL level. There's no shame in that, but Vesey's impact will probably remain limited to deeper formats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Invisible in March
LWNew York Rangers
March 31, 2019
Vesey mustered one shot in 17:23 of ice time during Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
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Scores goal, assist
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February 28, 2019
Vesey registered a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
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Thriving with top-line duty
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February 24, 2019
Vesey scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Capitals.
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Establishes new career mark
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February 23, 2019
Vesey put up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Devils on Saturday.
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Scores pivotal goal in win
LWNew York Rangers
February 10, 2019
Vesey notched his 12th goal of the season Sunday in a 4-1 win over Toronto.
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