LW | 6' 3" | 202 lb | Age: 27 | New York Rangers
A highly decorated player in college, Jimmy Vesey landed on Broadway in the summer of 2016.
Growing up Boston, Massachusetts, Vesey played with South Shore in New England in 2011-12 and was named the Eastern Junior Hockey League MVP after scoring 48 goals and 91 points -- both league records -- in 45 games. That caught the attention of the Nashville Predators, who selected him in the third round (No. 66) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Vesey would go on to play the next four seasons at Harvard University, where he would become one of the top players in college hockey.
As a freshman in 2012-13, Vesey was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and made the East Coast Athletic Association All-Rookie team and the ECAC All-Academic team after getting 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 27 games.
During his sophomore season, Vesey led Harvard with 13 goals and finished with 22 points in 31 games to be named to the All-Ivy League Second Team.
Vesey enjoyed a breakout season as a junior in 2014-15. He led the NCAA Division I with 32 goals, was named the ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year, was named to the NCAA East First First All-American Team, and was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in college hockey. Vesey also won the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best U.S.-born college hockey player in New England.
Vesey continued to develop and shine as a senior in 2015-16, and after getting 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 33 games, he won the Hobey Baker Award, repeated as the ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year, again was named to the NCAA East First First All-American Team, and became the fifth player in 64 years to win the Walter Brown Award for the second time.
But after his successful collegiate career, Vesey opted not to sign with Nashville, which traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres on June 20, 2016. Vesey also chose not to sign with the Sabres, and as a result he became an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, 2016. Four days later, he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.
Vesey made an immediate impact with the Rangers as a rookie, scoring his first NHL goal in his third game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 17. Five days later, he recorded his first multigoal game in a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals.
Although Vesey started off the season strong, getting nine points (six goals, three assists) in his first 10 games, he struggled to maintain his consistency and finished the season with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 80 games.
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs that season, he had five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 games.
After scoring 17 goals in each of the following two seasons, Vesey was traded by New York to Buffalo for a third-round pick it the 2021 NHL Draft on July 1, 2019.
In his first season with the Sabres, Vesey had 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 64 games before the season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
Vesey's father, Jim, was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the eighth round (No. 155) of 1984 NHL Draft and played 15 NHL games with the Blues and Boston Bruins. His younger brother, Nolan, was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round (No. 158) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
NOTES & TRANSACTIONS
ECAC All-Rookie Team (2013)
ECAC First All-Star Team (2015, 2016)
ECAC Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
NCAA East First All-American Team (2015, 2016)
Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (2016)
Traded to Buffalo by Nashville for Minnesota's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Nashville selected Rem Pitlick) in 2016 NHL Draft, June 20, 2016.
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 19, 2016.
Traded to Buffalo by NY Rangers for a 3rd-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft, July 1, 2019.