Jimmy Vesey
Image: Harvard University

Jimmy Vesey

Hometown:

North Reading Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-05-26

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (66th overall), 2012

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2009-10: Jimmy Vesey scored 13 goals with 17 assists in 31 games as a sophomore at the Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts.

2010-11:  Vesey played for Belmont Hill as a junior in what would be legendary coach Ken Martin’s final season. Vesey scored 23 goals with 12 assists and had 30 penalty minutes in 32 games.  He committed to playing college hockey at Harvard in either 2012-13 or 2013-14. Vesey was ranked 150th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in his first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft.

2011-12: Vesey played for the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, foregoing his senior season at Belmont Hill, and was the league’s leading scorer  and Most Valuable Player.  In 45 games he scored 48 goals with 43 assists. In six playoff games he scored 5 goals with 3 assists and had 2 penalty minutes. South Shore reached the playoff semifinals after finishing in first in the Southern Division in the regular season.  Vesey was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was ranked 77th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Vesey went from being a “bubble” player to skating on the top line for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 World Junior Championship and was Harvard’s third-leading scorer as a freshman. One of the final players selected for Team USA, he ended the tournament skating with high profile scorers J.T. Miller (NYR) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary), scoring 1 goal with 4 assists and finishing +3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-2, in the tournament final. Vesey tied for the team lead in goals (11) and had seven assists, finishing -11 with 25 penalty minutes in what was a difficult season for Harvard. After losing four players early in the year, the Crimson finished last in ECAC Hockey.

2013-14: Vesey was the leading scorer for Harvard as a sophomore in what was another tough season for the Crimson. He scored 13 goals with nine assists and was minus-six with 14 penalty minutes in 31 games. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.

2014-15: Vesey was the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a finalist for college hockey’s Hobey Baker award as a junior at Harvard. He finished the year skating for the USA in the 2015 World Championship. Vesey scored 32 goals with 26 assists and was +23 with 21 penalty minutes in 37 games. The Crimson, after finishing sixth in the regular season, defeated regular season champion Quinnipiac (5-2) and Colgate (4-2) on back-to-back nights to capture the ECAC Hockey playoff title, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. Nebraska-Omaha defeated Harvard, 4-2, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. Vesey had 3 assists and was +1 with no penalties in nine games for the USA at the World Championship. The USA finished third, defeating the host Czech Republic, 3-0, in the bronze medal game.

Talent Analysis

Vesey is a big winger who is a skilled passer and sees the game well. He is more than just an up-and-down player as he possesses skill and smarts that make him a dangerous player in the offensive zone. Vesey does not shy away from the physical game but could be more active in that area. His defensive zone coverage is inconsistent at times.

Future

Vesey will return to Cambridge in the fall for his final season of college hockey at Harvard. Some scouts felt Vesey could have made the jump from college hockey and been an effective contributor for the Predators during the 2015 NHL playoffs but the Massachusetts native chose to complete his college career. Likely to make his pro debut this spring following the college season, Vesey is projected to be a strong-two way forward with offensive elements to his game.The Predators' prospect group features several skilled but small forwards. Vesey has the skating ability and creativity to fit in with that group while his size is an added advantage.

Nashville Predators prospects ready to build on success in 2015-16

by Tony Piscotta
on
Vladislav Kamenev - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev quietly had a terrific rookie campaign as a teenager in the AHL, with 37 points in 57 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Following the Nashville Predators’ Game 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne talked about how the team won with a mix of experienced “old guys” and some exciting and talented younger players. The Predators have some fairly prominent prospects on the way as well. But it is looking more and more likely that their Prospect of the Year in 2015-16 may never wear a gold and navy uniform. Read more»

On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

by HF Staff
on
Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more»

Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

by DJ Powers
on
Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University - 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey was named the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award signifying the top player in all of U.S. college hockey, his second consecutive year as a finalist for that award (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

In the calm before the NCAA championship game storm that will take place on Saturday night in Tampa, U.S. college hockey handed out their top awards for the 2015-16 season. Those awards included the Tim Taylor Award, the Mike Richter Award, and the award designating the top player in all of NCAA hockey, the Hobey Baker Award. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, March, 2016: Hobey Hat Trick finalists, end of season awards, and NHL signings

by DJ Powers
on
Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey has completed his senior season with the Crimson, one in which he has received a second consecutive Hobey Hat Trick nomination as one of the finalists for college hockey’s top individual award (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The final full month of the 2015-16 college hockey season is in the books, with only the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four remaining on the schedule. With season’s end comes the presentation of major awards, as well as the end of college hockey careers for a number of seniors and players signing with NHL clubs. Read more»

2016 NCAA Tournament: Providence begins title defense, BC and Harvard renew acquaintances in Northeast Regional

by DJ Powers
on
Mark Jankowski - Providence College

Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski is one of the seniors on the Friars squad trying to guide his teammates to a second consecutive National Championship (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Down 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to go in last year’s Frozen Four championship game, Providence College scored two third period goals to stun favored Boston University as the Friars went on to a 4-3 victory to take the National Championship. Almost a year later, the Friars embark on their quest to repeat as NCAA champions as they are one of four schools to compete in the Northeast Regional of the 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament. Read more»

Related Articles