2007-08: In his freshman season with the University of Miami (Ohio), Vaive posted 3 goals and 7 assists while also registered 65 PIM in 41 games.
2008-09: The winger saw more offensive responsibilities and improved his numbers, posting 6 goals and 6 assists in 37 games. He also registered 44 PIM.
2009-10: Progress appeared to stagnate as Vaive talled only 5 goals and 3 assists in 43 games, playing mostly a bottom-six role.
Blessed with mammoth size, Vaive is still filling out his 6’6” frame and learning how to use it effectively on the ice. He’s a bull on the ice and has little trouble making room for himself and his teammates. He thrives at imposing his will along the boards and in the corners. In addition, he’s proven to be quite capable at cycling the puck down low. However, his skating still needs to improve as he continues to get stronger and his offensive abilities remain largely untapped.
Thought to be a raw project when drafted, little has changed since that original prognosis. Vaive will benefit from the longer development time afforded to him in the NCAA. While he may never approach his famous father’s offensive totals, Vaive’s size and competitive attitude could be his ticket for a professional hockey career.