Finally, the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes is over. The winner? The New York Rangers.
The 6’3″, 203 pound, 23 year old winger signed a maximum two-year entry level contract worth $925,000.00 with $1,925,000.00 in performance bonuses. Vesey was originally drafted in the 2012 Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators, going in the third round, 66th overall.
Vesey is the former captain of the Harvard hockey team, where he skated in 128 career games there. In all, he tallied 80 goals and 64 assists, totaling 144 points. Last season at Harvard in 33 games, he registered 24 goals with 22 assists (46 points), was a +/- of +11 and only had 6 penalty minutes.
He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during the 2014-2015 season, and won the award during the 2015-2016 season. In 2014-2015, Vesey helped Harvard win the ECAC Championship, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
In 2013, he helped the United States win gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship, where he tallied 5 points (1 goal and 4 assists) in 7 games. During this tournament, he also played alongside J.T. Miller.
There is much hype about this kid and we can see why. He is a natural born player and has the skills to become a big-time star. Vessel decided against teams like Chicago, Boston and New Jersey to come to Broadway. Lets hope we see his name in the bright-shining lights.