Tyler Vesel
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Tyler Vesel

Hometown:

Duluth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-04-14

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (153rd overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Tyler Vesel skated for the U16 team at the Shattuck St. Mary’s school in Faribault, Minnesota. In 52 games he scored 16 goals with 15 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Vesel was selected to participate in the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development camp in June.

2010-11: Vesel was the second-leading scorer for the U16 team at Shattuck-St. Mary’s behind Taylor Cammarata (NYI) in his second season at the school. In 54 games he scored 37 goals with 71 assists and 10 penalty minutes. Shattuck-St. Mary’s reached the USA Hockey U16 National tournament championship game — falling to Michigan-based Honeybaked 3-2 to finish second. Vesel was selected by Omaha in the fourth round (56th overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft. 

2011-12: Vesel moved up to the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school team in his third season in Faribault and was the team’s third-leading scorer. In 57 games he scored 29 goals with 45 assists and 4 penalty minutes. The Sabres captured the 2012 USA Hockey Tier 1 national championship — defeating the Los Angeles Junior Kings 2-1 in the title game — and finished with a record of 50-5-2.

 2012-13: Vesel led the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep team in scoring in his senior season. He scored 32 goals with 45 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 55 games. The Sabres again reached the USA Hockey Tier 1 national tournament — falling to Neponsett Valley from Massachusetts 5-1 in the semifinals.

2013-14: Vesel joined the Omaha Lancers for his first USHL season and in December committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15. Vesel was the second-leading scorer for the Lancers behind fellow Duluth native Jake Randolph; scoring a team-leading 33 goals with 38 assists despite missing 11 games. In 49 regular season games he had a league-leading +40 plus/minus with 22 penalty minutes. Omaha was second in the Western Conference and lost to third-place Sioux City in a first round playoff series. Vesel scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +4 in the four-game series. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Edmonton in the sixth round (153rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft in his third year of eligibility.

2014-15: Vesel skated in all 39 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as a freshman. A steady two-way force for the Mavericks, he scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was +9 with 2 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished third in the NCHC, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional after being swept by St. Cloud State in the NCHC quarterfinals. The Mavericks defeated Harvard (4-1) and RIT (4-0) to win the Midwest Regional before falling 4-1 to eventual national champion Providence in the Frozen Four semifinals. 

 

Talent Analysis

Vesel was drafted as a 20-year-old following a big offensive season in the USHL. Despite being slightly undersized he is willing to compete in tight spaces and should continue to develop during his college career. A product of the Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school program in Minnesota, he has been well-schooled in training and putting in the hours necessary to succeed in hockey. His biggest challenge will be adapting to the speed and strength of players as he moves up in levels.

Future

Vesel is in his sophomore season at Nebraska-Omaha in 2015-16. The second line center for the Mavericks behind leading-scorer Jake Guentzel, he has played a responsible game in both ends of the ice and is among the team leader in assists. Likely to use all of his NCAA eligibility before turning professional, Vesel is slightly undersized for an NHL center but his two-way awareness and playmaking ability suggests he can be an effective lower line forward.

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