Nolan Vesey
Image: South Shore Kings

Nolan Vesey

Hometown:

North Reading Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-03-28

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (158th overall), 2014

Weight:

210 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Nolan Vesey skated for Austin Prep as a sophomore in what was an uncharacteristic down year for the Cougars. Austin Prep missed the Super 8 tournament after finishing third in the O’Reilly West Division and losing in a first round playoff game.

2011-12: Vesey had a breakout season for Austin Prep as a junior; scoring 16 goals with 22 assists. He was named the Cougars’ most valuable player and was named to the Catholic Central League all-star team.

2012-13:Vesey served as a team captain for Austin Prep as a senior and skated for the national champion Neponset Valley River Rats U18 team. In 20 high school games he scored 17 goals with 13 assists as the Cougars reached the Super 8 tournament championship game. Vesey scored both goals for Austin Prep in the championship game as the Cougars lost 3-2 to defending champion Malden Catholic. Vesey scored 7 goals with 7 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 11 regular season games for the River Rats and had 3 assists in six games at the National Tournament. Vesey was selected by Dubuque in the 20th round (300th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft and in July committed to playing college hockey at Maine in 2014-15.

2013-14: Vesey elected to skate in New England rather than heading to the USHL, competing for the South Shore Kings in the US Premier League. Skating with the Kings junior team he scored 26 goals with 42 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 53 games, including three playoff contests. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Vesey was selected by Toronto in the sixth round (158th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft in his second year of draft eligibility.

2014-15: Vesey skated in 36 of 39 games for the University of Maine in his freshman season, finishing tied with senior Connor Leen for third on the Black Bears with 10 goals. He had 13 assists and was -6 with 37 penalty minutes. Maine finished 13-20-3 in the regular season, taking seventh-place Vermont to overtime in the decisive third game of their first round series in the Hockey East playoffs before falling, 3-2.

2015-16: Vesey struggled to find offensive consistency for a University of Maine team that had a hard time scoring goals in his sophomore season. Shuffling throughout the Black Bears lineup, he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was -11 with 41 penalty minutes in 36 games. Maine finished 11th in the 12-team Hockey East, losing 15 of 22 conference games. The Black Bears played their best hockey in the opening round of the conference tournament, taking eventual champion Northeastern to overtime in both games before falling 3-2 and 4-3.

Talent Analysis

Vesey is the son of former NHLer Jim Vesey and brother of 2015-16 Hobey Baker award winner Jimmy Vesey. He is an offensive oriented forward with soft hand but also plays with some grit. Vesey dominated players at the prep school and junior hockey level with his size advantage but has yet to show that same type of offensive dominance in his first two seasons of college hockey. He has time to develop the other areas of his game in his two remaining seasons at the University of Maine.

Future

Vesey struggled to score points, as did most of his University of Maine teammates, in a disappointing 2015-16 season in Orono. On the plus side he had two of his better games in the conference playoffs against Northeastern University and will hope to take the momentum from those games into his junior season. With several highly-touted wingers coming into the Leafs' system over the next couple of seasons Vesey is no lock to receive an entry-level contract but could fill a niche as a two-way power forward with the size that some of those players lack.

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