Jimmy Vesey might not be a household name to most hockey fans, but the Harvard senior has caught the eye of many NHL teams.
According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, Vesey is expected to become a free agent in April and teams are “already lining up” to sign him.
Vesey, 22, was a third-round pick of Nashville in the 2012 NHL Draft.
He scored 32 goals and 26 assists in 37 games with Harvard in 2014-15 and was rewarded with a top-10 nomination for the Hobey Baker Award.
One team that could have an inside track at signing Vesey is the Toronto Maple Leafs, who hired his father Jim as a scout this past summer and drafted his brother Nolan in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Friedman brought up Vesey’s status in his Oct. 7 edition of 30 Thoughts:
12. (David) Poile would not delve deep into predicting the future of Harvard senior Jimmy Vesey, a 2012 pick who could also arrive later this season.
“All I will say is we have a great relationship and supported his decision to go back to school.” Vesey, who scored 32 goals in 37 games in 2014-15, has the option of free agency next summer.
His father, Jim, was recently hired as a scout by Toronto, a move that raised eyebrows, to say the least. Pretty sure I was at the game where the father scored his first NHL goal, an empty netter at Maple Leaf Gardens.