Highly Touted NCAA Prospect Jimmy Vesey To Become UFA in August

After months of speculation, the plot has officially thickened in regards to oft-speculated about prospect Jimmy Vesey. The former Nashville Predators prospect has decided to opt for unrestricted free agency in August, making him available to the other 29 teams in the National Hockey League.

For those unsure what this has to do with the Leafs, the team has been tied to Vesey’s situation for months. Toronto drafted his brother Nolan with a sixth round pick in 2014 and hired his father Jim Sr. before the season started. While this situation doesn’t provide any sort of guarantees in terms of what Jimmy will do, the connection appears to be very obvious.

The 22-year-old has spent the past four seasons playing for Harvard University in the ECAC, notching 144 points in 128 games. Vesey was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award in 2014/15 and will be once again this season; whether he wins it is anybody’s guess, but if he were to, it would be the icing on the cake in an NCAA career that has been littered with trophies and accolades. Outside of the college game, Vesey was a member of the Gold Medal-winning 2013 World Junior Team USA, and also won a Bronze with the American Men’s team at last year’s World Championships. The 6’1 left winger is seen as a creative playmaker who is able to score and be physical in situations that require it.

Regardless of which team he decides to go with, August 15th can’t come soon enough for Vesey.

  • Brent Wisken

    The problem with the tampering argument that claims the Leafs drafted Nolan in order to entice his brother Jimmy Vesey is that Nolan wasn’t drafted by the current Leafs management group. He was drafted under Nonis, and Shanahan had only been with the Leafs for about three months.

  • Harte of a Lion

    He is going to look great wearing a Blue and White jersey. I wonder what combination of picks and prospects the Leafs will trade to Nashville for the right to negotiate with him.

  • CMpuck

    Vesey, Kapanen, Soshnikov, Komarov, Nylander, Marner, JVR, Brown, Michalek, Lupul?, Hyman, Greening, Leivo, Leipsic along with a pontial of Laine/Puljajarvi/Nylander/Tkachuk/Dubois on the way… Looks like a potential log jam on the wing next year, lots of competition for a top nine positions. Don’t really want to trade anyone but will have to start packaging some talent with some of those picks we collected to address pressing needs at all other positions.

    In addition to being a great pick up Vesey might force the dominos to fall.

    • MikeFleury

      You’re correct… Sort of. The only issue I see is you’ve categorized Nylander as a winger when the team very clearly has him as a Centre. I know you don’t like C’s under 6’3/230 but he’s a C, nevertheless.

      But, it’s a great problem to have. And exactly the problem management wanted. The more talent you collect, the more strength you deal from.

      I wonder if Lupul will play again, or if they’ll talk him into LTIR.

  • magesticRAGE

    You guys need to look into the Schultz who de-registered from NCAA and signed with oilers on June 30th. If the CBA still allows that unless the GMs changed the rules here, then he can de-register and sign earlier then Aug 15th.

    I’m pretty sure Dubas and Lou are up on these rules too because I cannot be the only person in their mom’s basement that figured this out.

  • PrinceLH

    If we can’t get our hands on Matthews, we need to make a trade with some of our top end prospects to get a real first line centre. Just say no to Stamkos. He’d eat up too much cap and his best years are behind him. He’d want a max contract and it’ll be just another Kessel scenario.