Jimmy Vesey
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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
  • C

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Vesey is a big winger who has the ability to become an effective power forward in the pro game. 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 he could still use some improvement in that area, while also needing to work on his defensive zone coverage.

 

Future

After a solid freshman season with Harvard, Vesey will continue his NCAA development path. He is still a few years away from leaving for the pro game but with another step forward this season his junior year could very well be his last.

 

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