After being put on waivers on March 16th, 2021 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jimmy Vesey has found a new team thanks to the Vancouver Canucks claiming him. Since the Canucks play in Canada and they claimed Vesey from the Maple Leafs who is also a Canadian team Vesey will most likely not have to quarantine before joining his fifth franchise.
Jimmy Vesey started his NHL career by being drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft by the Nashville Predators. Vesey went on to have great success playing college hockey for Harvard and even went on to win the Hobey Baker award. He played all four years of his college career and decided to not sign with the Predators. He chose to sign with the New York Rangers instead.
The Rangers dealt him to the Buffalo Sabres ahead of the 2019-20 season. During 2020 free agency the Maple Leafs and Jimmy Vesey agreed to a contract but halfway through the season he was placed on waivers and now the Canucks have taken advantage of him being on waivers and picked him up.
Jimmy Vesey Career Overview
As mentioned in the paragraph above the Predators drafted Vesey in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. He went on to play in all four years of his college eligibility for Harvard University. He also suited up for Team USA in the World Junior Championships in 2013. In seven games for Team USA Jimmy Vesey registered a single goal but he contributed four assists. In the same season, Vesey completed his freshman season at Harvard. In 27 games Vesey scored 11 goals and assisted on seven others. Coming into his sophomore campaign Vesey wanted to build off his strong first collegiate season. He recorded 13 goals and nine assists in 31 games during his second season with Harvard.
Read about the 2021 World Junior Championships here.
The Harvard Crimson forward had a massive improvement during his junior season. He transformed from about half a point per game player into almost a goal a game player. In 37 games Jimmy Vesey had his best season with Harvard as he scored 32 goals and 26 assists. This production landed him the opportunity to play for the USA in the World Cup of Hockey in 2015. He played nine games for Team USA and had three assists.
After the World Cup Jimmy Vesey returned to Harvard for his senior season. Scoring 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games he won the Hobey Baker award as the best college player in the nation. At the conclusion of his senior season, he decided not to sign with Nashville and decided to sign a contract with the Rangers. Spending three seasons with New York he played in 240 regular-season games and scored 50 goals to go along with 40 assists. To clear up salary cap space for Artemi Panarin the Rangers decided to trade Jimmy Vesey to the Sabres in a salary cap dump.
Spending one season with Buffalo, Vesey played in 64 games and scored a measly nine goals and 11 assists. He left the Sabres at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season to join the Maple Leafs. With Toronto, he scored five goals and two assists in 30 games. He usually played in the bottom six for the Maple Leafs and was relatively productive but he was placed on waivers and no longer apart of the Maple Leafs franchise as he will now be suiting up for the Canucks.
What does Jimmy Vesey Provide for the Vancouver Canucks?
It would not be surprising if Jimmy Vesey immediately was put into the Canucks lineup on either the third or fourth line as the Canucks are battling lots of injuries. Currently, Elias Pettersson, Michael Ferland, Justin Bailey, and Tyler Motte are out of the Canucks lineup due to injury. Vesey should go right into the lineup and try to help replace the scoring that Canucks are missing. Canucks fans shouldn’t expect Vesey to be a point-per-game player but he definitely has the ability to score some goals to help the team win.