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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

1/13/17 | Vigneault said on Friday, "he is coming along, a young player that our management and scouts spoke very highly of but as with any young player you are hoping that what you are seeing in the leagues that they are playing in, that they can bring that to the NHL and Jimmy has done that. He has come in and very mature, extremely hard worker, he wants to learn, very easy to coach and getting an opportunity at this level and has been able to contribute 5 on 5 and PP and we are very happy with his progression."

1/10/17This season, Jimmy Vesey has 11 goals and 8 assists in 41 games, with a minus two rating, 66 shots on goal and an average of 14:16 per game.

In the past 21 games Vesey has 4 goals, 3 assists, a minus 7 rating, 31 shots on goal and an average of 13:46 per game.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils allowed a late game-tying goal to Derek Stepan and lost to the New York Rangers in a shootout, 3-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
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Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' second consecutive shootout victory on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Derek Stepan scored a game-tying goal late in the third period as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


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  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) scores past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) in the shootout at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

In his first game in Nashville, Jimmy Vesey played 13:09, had 1 shot on goal, 5 shot attempts and was booed and serenaded with "Vesey Sucks" when he touched the puck.

Vesey told Dave Maloney after the game that he was focused on keeping things simple and not letting any "external distractions" bother him.

Vesey scored the winner in the shootout, something he told Dave Maloney "definitely felt good."

Alain Vigneault said that this was the most hostile of the three environments Vesey has played in, Nashville, Boston, Buffalo, but that he doesn't think it bothered him "one bit." (MSG)

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Jimmy Vesey spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On being enemy number 1 in Nashville, "probably the same. Just tried to keep it simple tonight and not let the external distractions bother me. First period was me trying to get into the game mentally and blocking that stuff out. Definitely felt good to score in the shootout."
  • On the game, "I thought it was a pretty up and down game, the ice was a little bouncy, I think because of the warm weather. A lot of chances both ways and overall a pretty good hockey game."
  • On Hayes and Nash, "we had a pretty good game, I would say that the second period was probably our best. I know that Rick scored in the first but in the second we were getting more chances and had more attempted shots, I'd say. We had a pretty good game tonight."
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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jimmy Vesey will play his first NHL game in Nashville tonight.

Vesey was a third round pick of the Predators in 2012 but didn't sign with Nashville, had his rights traded to Buffalo and then signed with the Rangers.

The Predators were holding a spot on their roster for Vesey after he finished at Harvard but Vesey told the team on March 23 that he was intending to test free agency rather than sign in Nashville.

Nashville GM David Poile said that the news was a "shocker" and that up until that phone call in March he "thought for sure" that Vesey would sign with the Preds. (Tennessean)

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) waits for play to begin against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Jimmy Vesey had a career high 7 shots on goal and a career high 8 shot attempts against Chicago on Tuesday night.

Vesey has 11 shots on goal in the past three games since returning from a one game absence due to an upper body injury.

After the game last night, Joe Micheletti said that Vesey's play sent a message to the coaches that he wanted more ice time.

Micheletti said that Vesey played a "big man's game, a courageous game" and went hard to the net and made plays.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost their third straight game when they fell to the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
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Alain Vigneault and Antti Raanta discuss the Rangers' 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Five different New York Rangers scored as they beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey is being listed as day to day by Alain Vigneault and will be OUT against the Jets tonight. (Cyrgalis)

Vesey was riding the bike this morning with nothing on his "hand/arm/wrist." (Cyrgalis

He did not practice yesterday and his injury is reportedly unrelated to the slash he took against the Islanders.

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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

12/8/16 | 7:40AM: Vesey's injury is unrelated to a slash he took in the second period against the Islanders, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

12/7/16 | 4:47PM: Alain Vigneault said that Vesey will make the trip but would not confirm if he would play.

Vigneault also said, in a question about Oscar Lindberg, that he had to see if Vesey will be available against the Jets.

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden (not pictured) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Prior to the game against the Blues in early November, Alain Vigneault said that Jimmy Vesey is someone who wants to learn, is confident in his abilities and is almost business like in his approach.

Vigneault added, "He thought NY was the right place for him and we are real happy with that decision and we will try and make him the best player that we can."

Following the game against the Blues, Vigneault said that Vesey has played "exactly" the way that scouts and management told him he could.

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Jimmy Vesey, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the Rangers' 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash both scored in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:22 CAR Viktor Stalberg; Assists: Matt Tennyson, Joakim Nordstrom
  • 12:55 CAR Stalberg; Assist: Jay McClement

Second period:

  • 9:13 NYR Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 0:24 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nash, Brady Skjei
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey was benched in the third period Wednesday night until moments after the Canucks scored their fourth goal.

Vesey played 5:59 in the first period, 6:50 in the second period and had two shifts in the third period but didn't get on the ice until there was 3:06 left in the game.

He played 2:57 on the power play in the first two periods, had three shots on goal, one shot attempt blocked, one giveaway and one takeaway.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey said that he has adjusted to the speed and pace of the NHL but is still adjusting to the "schedule and grind" that the NHL brings. (NY Post)

Vesey has never played more than 37 games in a season and the college season started in early November and ended in late March. (NY Post)

Last season Vesey played in 33 games and if he doesn't miss any time, Vesey will play in his 33rd game on December 17th, coincidentally in Nashville against the Predators who drafted him. (NY Post)

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Oct 30, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 30, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey has six goals and three assists in his last eight games.

Vesey is the first Ranger since Darren Turcotte in 1989-90 to score six times in the first 10 games and has had multi-point games in three of his last six.

On his recent goal scoring, Vesey said that it's "come out of nowhere" to some degree and that after not getting the bounces in the first few games they are starting to fall.

He credited Alain Vigneault with putting him in a position to succeed with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan and said that playing with those two has been "a treat" and "it's just been so easy to play with them" so far.

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) checks Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) into the boards during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) checks Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) into the boards during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Jimmy Vesey has 4 goals and 1 assist in his first 8 career NHL games and those four goals have come in the last six games.

He is averaging 15:42 per game with 13 shots on goal, 31 overall shot attempts, 4 hits and 5 takeaways.

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday 10/25 that Vesey has been "efficient" at both ends of the rink and the reports that he was given from Rangers management was that he was a good two-way player in college.

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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) prepares to score a goal against Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) prepares to score a goal against Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jimmy Vesey had two goals in the second period last night, 3 shots overall, 3 shot attempts blocked and 1 hit in 17:19.Vesey told Dave Maloney in the second intermission on MSG that it was good to get rewarded.On the game winner, Vesey said that he thought Karl Alzner might have been tired and at the end of the shift and was able to get a step on him and then go five-hole.

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Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington goalie Braden Holtby reacts after Jimmy Vesey's first goal Saturday. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers beat the Caps 4-2 Saturday in Washington.

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#NYR @19Vesey gets his first @NHL goal and his first Broadway Hat!! @nyrangers (@nyrangers on twitter)
#NYR @19Vesey gets his first @NHL goal and his first Broadway Hat!! @nyrangers (@nyrangers on twitter)

On MSG, Vesey said:

  • "Pure joy. I expressed it a little bit on the ice, I think it was two fist pumps. I couldn't be happier to get that one out of the way. To do it in front of our fans, the ovation was awesome and what I dreamed about as a kid."
  • Do you remember the play, "It was an empty net from Step. He suckered the defenseman into thinking that he was shooting and slid it over and I had the whole net. Happy it found the back."
  • "It's important to get it relatively soon but I felt more comfortable on the ice in all three games. It gives me even more confidence. Looking to build off the last two efforts from our line and keep getting better going forward."
  • Hat fit okay, "a little small" (laugh)
  • How do you sense your comfort, "Having the puck in the offensive zone, I'm not really hesitant to make a mistake. Sometimes in the beginning you try not to make a mistake but I am holding onto it more and making more plays and a lot of that is coming from continuing to develop chemistry with my linemates. They have been awesome for me and you saw the play they made for the goal, it's been awesome."
  • On the puck, "I think my dad is at the game so I will send it home with him and hang it up in my house somewhere."

 

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First Period 12:06: NYR: Marc Staal; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello19:02 SJS: Logan Couture; Assists: Joe Pavelski, Joe ThorntonSecond Period4:15 NYR: Rick Nash; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider10:21 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Antti Raanta

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his NHL debut on Thursday, Jimmy Vesey played 13:02 and attempted two shots on goal that both were blocked by Islander defenders.

Vesey skated with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello and played 4:53 in the first, 4:28 in the second and 3:41 in the third with 2:38 on the PP.

Vesey didn't see the ice in the final 6:48 of the game.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tonight, on a line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey, on a line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, will make their regular season NHL debuts for the Rangers.Buchnevich said that playing tonight will be a childhood dream come true and that he is understanding English a lot better with the help of his teammates. (NYR)Vesey said today that he is getting into a routine and excited to get the season started. (NYR)He added that he was able to sleep well last night but he expects some first period nerves but after that it's "just another hockey game." (NYR)

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Jimmy Vesey has been named the winner of the "Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award, which is given annually to the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp as selected by the media."

Heading into tonight's game, Vesey has one goal, a minus one rating, 2 PIM, 7 shots on goal and an average of 16:27 in three games.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers need to put young players like Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich into situations where they can be successful.

He said that the two of them are "both good offensive players" and need to be put in positions where they can show the coaches and their teammates "what they can do."

Vigneault said that Vesey wants to prove that he can play at this level and also possess "a great skill set" and is "very determined." (MSG)

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his NHL preseason debut, Jimmy Vesey had three shots on goal, one shot that missed the net and one hit, on the Devils Andy Greene, in 16:33.

Vesey skated with Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes and played 11:13 at even strength, 5:20 on the PP, 4:41 in the first, 6:21 in the second and 5:31 in the third.

Vesey started the game with a breakaway that was stopped by Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood but drew a penalty.

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10:57AM: Mike Morreale writes that Vesey was not intimidated during the tournament and "consistently drove the net" which indicates that he will "do anything" to create a scoring opportunity. (NHL.com)

9:15AM: In four games in Traverse City, Jimmy Vesey led the Rangers with five goals and two assists.

From the Rangers:

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The Rangers were defeated 6-4 by Columbus in the third place game for the Traverse City tournament (Pointstreak)

  • Jimmy Vesey: 2 goals, 5 shots
  • Steven Fogarty: plus two
  • John Gilmour: 2 assists, minus one, 2 shots
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot, plus one
  • Adam Chapie: plus one
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: 1 shot
  • Boo Nieves: minus one, 1 shot
  • Robin Kovacs: minus three
  • Ryan Gropp: 1 assist, plus one, 1 shot, too man men on the ice penalty
  • Malte Stromwall: minus three
  • Sean Day: 2 goals, 4 shots
  • Pavel Buchnevich: 1 shot
  • Calle Andersson: minus one
  • Brandon Halverson: 13 saves on 18 shots
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The Rangers defeated Minnesota 2-1 today in Traverse City (Pointstreak):

  • Jimmy Vesey: 2 goals, plus two, 5 shots
  • Steven Fogarty: plus one
  • John Gilmour: 1 shot
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot
  • Adam Chapie: interference and slashing penalties
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: plus one, 3 shots
  • Boo Nieves: 2 assists, plus one, 1 shot
  • Robin Kovacs: 1 shot
  • Malte Stromwall: 1 shot
  • Sean Day: plus one, 1 shot
  • Pavel Buchnevich: plus two
  • Calle Andersson: plus one, 1 shot
  • Tim Gettinger: 2 shots
  • Joseph Raaymakers: 31 saves on 32 shots
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9/16/16 | 1:04PM: Jeff Gorton said, "There has been a little more hype with the free agent frenzy, the ability to get him and add him to our group is exciting to us. We know him as a player real well and are comfortable with him as a person and where he will fit in." (NYR)

9/15/16 | 6:21PM: Jimmy Vesey spoke with the media on Thursday, prior to leaving for Traverse City, and said (NYR):

  • On the tournament, "it will be nice to get to know some of the guys and play four games against good competition. I think it will get us ready for the main camp and I am excited for the weekend."
  • How do you feel physically, "I feel good. I had a big summer in the weight room and skated a good amount and I think I committed myself even more for pro hockey so I am excited about what I can do."
  • Is it nice to just get back to playing, "it was hectic but now I am just focused on playing and helping the organization get to the heights they want to get."
  • Do you feel you have to earn a job, "nothing is given in sports and at the end of the day I still have to go and make the team. It's my first camp and I am definitely looking to turn some heads and earn a roster spot."
  • Do you feel there is a spot on the team for you, "in talking to the Rangers, they thought it was a great fit for me and that they needed me as part of the team. As I said, I won't go in with a mindset that it will be given to me. I still need to earn my spot and that is what I am going to do."
  • Can you contribute at the NHL level right now, "Yea, I think that I can."
  • On outside expectations, "I'm not sure. That stuff is what it is. I try not to read that stuff and worry what others think. I know myself and what I can do, so, just going to focus on myself and control what I can control which is putting out my best effort every night."

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 (Sergei Grits)
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Nashville GM David Poile who drafted and hoped to sign Jimmy Vesey said during the regular season that the Predators had a spot for him waiting in their lineup. (Yahoo)

Poile added that Vesey is "big, strong" and physically ready to play in the NHL. He said that Vesey was "dominant" in college hockey and again reiterated that they believed he could have joined the Predators this past season. (Yahoo)

When the Sabres acquired Vesey's rights, GM Tim Murray said that he has top-six potential, a "complete forward" with a "great" hockey IQ and the ability to shoot the puck and make plays. (Buffalo)

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Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Kevin Hayes says that the Rangers are a "great fit" for Jimmy Vesey and the organization will provide him with a good chance to "succeed and be the best player he could be." (NYR)

Hayes says that Vesey is a "fast, power forward" who has a "goal scorers touch" and is someone who can make plays. (NYR)

He said that while Vesey is looked at as a "skill guy," he is also a "powerful guy who drives to the net and who isn't afraid of going to the bad areas." (NYR)

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While writing about Jimmy Vesey during the regular season, Bob McKenzie said that he "can't find" many NHL talent evaluators who don't think Jimmy Vesey is ready to be a top-nine forward. (TSN)

He added that in addition to being ready to be a top-nine forward, many scouts thinks that he could score 20 goals as a rookie with "the potential for maybe more." (TSN)

Flames President Brian Burke noted that while most college free agents don't make an impact he thinks Vesey is "going to play and make a difference. I think he's going to be a good player." (NBC Sports)

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Prior to his signing with the Rangers, The Hockey News suggested that Jimmy Vesey would score 18 goals and 20 assists in his rookie season.

Rob Vollman writes at NHL.com that 30 points is a "reasonable target" for Vesey in his rookie season and a career as a "capable second-line forward" would follow.

He notes that the last player to score 20 points and go from the ECAC to the NHL without spending a season in the AHL was Lee Stempniak who had 14 goals and 13 assists in 57 games for St. Louis in 05-06.

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In his rankings of the top-120 prospects, Corey Pronman lists Pavel Buchnevich at No. 30 and Jimmy Vesey at No. 82. (ESPN Insider)

  • In the spring, The Hockey News Future Watch ranked Vesey No. 14 on their list and Buchnevich No. 44.
  • Dobber Hockey's consensus prospect rankings have Vesey at No. 10 and Buchnevich at No. 31.
  • 13 of the 14 people Dobber used to compile their rankings had Vesey between No. 6 and 27.
  • 12 of the 14 people Dobber used to compile their rankings had Buchnevich between No. 12 and 46.

For Buchnevich, Pronman says that his season was a little disappointing after being traded to SKA and said that while he still likes Buchnevich a lot he has a few more doubts about him being a "top-flight player." (ESPN Insider)

He says that Buchnevich has "great puck skills, impressive hockey sense" but also has had some struggles defensively in the KHL. (ESPN Insider)

On Vesey, Pronman writes that his puck skills and hockey sense are "very good" and that he is a dangerous player from inside the blue line. He says that the development curve Vesey has been on could lead to a "seamless" transition into the Rangers lineup. (ESPN Insider)

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Jimmy Vesey says that he is a "hybrid" type of player who can play a "skilled game" or a "gtritty, power-forward game." (Sportsnet)

He said that a lot of players say he plays a game similar to Jakub Voracek of the Flyers. (Sportsnet)

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Vesey responded "Thank you...you have always been one of my favorites #class."

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Jimmy Vesey announced that he will wear #26 for the Rangers this season.

He said that he picked #26 because he was born on May 26th and the last time he wore #26 was in the World Juniors when he was playing with JT Miller.

Vesey added, "hopefully we can continue to win hockey games with me at #26 and him at #10."

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(Petr David Jose/AP)

Jimmy Vesey said that he picked the Rangers because it "jumped out" to him how much the team wanted him and "needed to have" him in the lineup.

He said that the Rangers organization believes in him and based on conversations felt like it would be the right fit.

Vesey said that he doesn't feel any added pressure based on everything that surrounded his decision and said that the organization doesn't expect him to come in and "be a savior."

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During his time at Harvard, Jimmy Vesey played thrice at Madison Square Garden as part of the Rivalry on Ice Game.

  • In 2016 Harvard lost to Quinnipiac 5-4 and Vesey had an assist, 3 shots on goal and a minus two rating.
  • In 2015 Harvard lost 4-1 to Yale and Vesey had a goal, 5 shots on goal and a minus one rating.
  • In 2014 Harvard lost 5-1 to Yale and Vesey had a goal, 3 shots and a minus one rating.

On his conference call last Friday, Vesey said of playing at MSG "I've played there with Harvard the past three years so I have gotten a feel for the city and the rink and it's probably the best arena in the World. In those three years we also had a chance to practice at the Rangers practice facility. I think that was probably in the back of my mind as well."


Jagr left to play in Russia after the 2007-08 season, and Connecticut native Chris Drury took over as the 25th captain in franchise history before his contract was bought out in June 2011. (AP)
Jagr left to play in Russia after the 2007-08 season, and Connecticut native Chris Drury took over as the 25th captain in franchise history before his contract was bought out in June 2011. (AP)

During his conference call last week Jimmy Vesey said that he was really impressed with the Rangers after speaking their contingent which included Jeff Gorton, Alain Vigneault and Chris Drury.

Vesey noted how he is good friends with Kevin Hayes and leaned on him for advice since Hayes went through the same process as a college UFA two-years ago.

He noted though that he was "really impressed" with Drury during the meeting and noted the achievements Drury has had in his career (Hobey Baker, Stanley Cup, Rookie of the Year) as well as his ties to the New England area as different factors that helped him choose the Rangers.

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Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL network reporter Pierre McGuire (L) interviews New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (R) on the bench during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL network reporter Pierre McGuire (L) interviews New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (R) on the bench during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In March, Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1050 and said the following about Jimmy Vesey:

  • He was head and shoulders better than anyone else on the ice at at Harvard/BC practice he attended
  • "Jimmy Vesey was off the charts"
  • "He is a tremendous kid"
  • Vesey is fluent in both English and Mandarin
  • "Brilliant kid"
  • His linemates at the World Juniors were JT Miller and Johnny Gaudreau
  • He is NHL ready
  • He is an "extreme talent." 

He said on TSN 690 in March "he is a brilliant kid who takes pride that he went to Harvard University and will graduate from there. That kid is above reproach, he is a phenomenal, phenomenal young man. That is solid as solid can be."

Pierre added that Vesey is "a Home Run offensive player. He's ready. He is going to be a very good offensive player."

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Jimmy Vesey held a conference call with the media on Friday night and said the following:

  • Why the Rangers, "first off I would just like to say that I am very pleaseed to be part of the Rangers organization. Its' a great franchise, Original Six and I am excited to get going. I did do a lot of meetings and it was a tough decision but myself, my agent and my family were all impressed by the Rangers in our meeting and talking to coach Vigneault and Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury, I was really impressed with those guys and felt that NY was somewhere that I could play and hopefully stick in the NHL."
  • Did anything stand out from the other pitches, "for me, the thing that jumped out was that they seemed to really want me and talking to them it seemed like they really needed to have me in that lineup. They believe in me and that was something that I was looking for and based on our talks NY was the right fit."
  • How many teams did you meet with and what kind of player are you, "I did 7 meetings this week, 4 on Tues, 3 on Wed and we had met with Buffalo prior this week. I was considering 8 teams and definitely a tough process like I said. In terms of me as a player, I am a big body, 6-2 and 205 and I like to play a mix between power forward and skill forward and my offensive instincts definitely the strong suit of my game."
  • On the celebrity tweets, "To be honest I tried to stay off social media this week as much as I could but I had buddies and relatives texting me those tweets. I was aware of them and they were pretty fun and cool that those celebs were reaching out to me. I don't think it had a factor in my decision so to speak but one of the things I definitely liked about NY was the top-notch lifestyle that the city offers."
  • On a video that included Liam Neeson, "the Rangers did send me a video of mostly highlights and stuff about the city itself and there were a couple of celebs featured. Not gonna comment on that ut bit was pretty cool to view."
  • On how much attention he got, "it definitely took on a life of it's own so to speak and I am not sure that me or anyone expected that. That is not something that I signed up for, if you talk to anyone who knows me I am a quiet kid and had no intentions of it being such a media craze. It was pretty hectic at times and I am glad the process is over now."
  • Do you feel added pressure, "no, not really. As an athlete I put pressure on myself on my own to the best of my ability. I talked to the Rangers and their stuff and it's not like they expect me to come in and be a savior. I'm a piece they wanted to add and hopefully I can help the NYR win hockey games."
  • On the Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Chris Drury impact, "I am good friends with Kevin Hayes, he is someone that I have known since childhood. We played a little together growing up and skate in the summer. I have talked to Kevin a lot and he went through the same process two years ago so I leaned on him a lot and he had a big impact on me. I am also familiar with Chris Kreider from being in Massachusetts and then Chris Drury was someone who I was really impressed with during the meeting with the Rangers. He is someone who has a done a lot in his career and some ties to New England and my home but that was just one of many factors in my decision."
  • On his experience at the Garden, "I've played there with Harvard the past three years so I have gotten a feel for the city and the rink and it's probably the best arena in the World. In those three years we also had a chance to practice at the Rangers practice facility. I think that was probably in the back of my mind as well."
  • On his chances to make the roster, "I think that in talking to the Rangers and their staff and the coaches, there are no guarantees in sports but I feel that NY is somewhere where I can plug in right away and stick in the NHL, it's obviously not going to be given to me. I will have to put in the work and earn it but I felt that NY was somewhere where I could plug in right away and be on the opening night roster."
  • On leaning on his coach Ted Donato, "We tried to reach out to each other a couple of times and weren't successful but I spoke with him today and he said the same thing about how he played for many of the teams and I know a lot of teams called him to ask about me. He is someone that I definitely trust and he played a part in the process even though I couldn't connect with him."
  • Did you look at fits, "in advance of this week we went through a lot of teams and we had an idea of where I thought I could plug in right away."
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Earlier this week many celebrity Ranger fans took to twitter to tweet at Jimmy Vesey trying to recruit him to come to the Rangers.

Some of those celebrities included Justin Tuck, Muhammad Wilkerson, Jerry Ferrara from Entourage and actress Susan Surandon.

Vesey was also tweeted to by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

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Jeff Gorton held a conference call with the media on Friday night and said the following:

  • What were the main selling points, "It's hard to say just one. When he looks at the Rangers we have a lot to sell. Original Six franchise, big city, we have a lot of good players, we have a team that tries to win and the fact that he is from the East probably helped us too. He probably looked at our depth chart and saw some opportunity to play and fit in and the fact that he knew some of the players on our team probably helped too."
  • Where could he fit in, "It's hard to say. He has ability to score and make plays, he is very talented. I think he can come in and play and I think he will come to training camp and try to fit in our lineup and that is what we are looking for."
  • Did you build the plan around him being a top-six forward, "when you go in there you are showing them the depth chart and how our scouts and organization feel about them. You talk about what you hope and think could happen all with the understanding that you just don't know. We know we have a good player with a lot of intangibles. The players all dictate where they go in the lineup and that is no different here. We are really excited to get a player like this bu we will see where it goes and training camp is coming upon us and we will see where it goes."
  • Did you make any promises, "I never got the feeling he was looking for a promise. He is a pretty proud guy and very confident in his abilities and when he looked at our team he saw opportunity to play and when he looked at our team he probably liked that some other young players we have brought in have had opportunities. I think he enjoyed talking to AV about what he said about playing young players and his stye of play. I think he enjoyed meeting Chris Drury and seeing some similarities with the Hobey Baker and he handles himself well. Along the way I felt that we made a connection and obviously we liked him as a player."
  • On it being a low risk signing in terms of cap space, "it's pretty low cost, a real good player on an entry level contract, all teams need those guys. That is going to help you in a cap world and obviously that is part of it. It's a really good player who becomes a free agent and every team is going to want to go for something like that and we are part of that and thankfully we are lucky to get him."
  • On the celebrity tweets, "We were aware of it and can see some of the things going on. I'm not a twitter guy but people around me follow twitter and I have a teenage son so you kind of know what is going on. I thought it was interesting and I have never met any of those people but I certainly liked what they were trying to sell."
  • What is the major challenge transitioning from going to college to NHL, "I think it will be big for him to know people and who understand where he came from and how they are doing in the league. I think the experience of that will help. The biggest obstacle, no matter where they are coming from, it might be two lines and a few defensemen who can handle that level of talent and when they get to the NHL everyone can play and there are no nights off and the pace of the game catches people off guard. Those are adjustments but with any real good player they make those adjustments quickly and that is what we are hopeful for."
  • When did you feel you had a good shot, "When we left the room we felt really comfortable that we had had a real good meeting. We touched on a lot of points that we wanted to and we felt that we had a connection with the young man. On the way to airport after we were talking and all felt comfortable and I am sure that all seven teams felt that way. Until he called me today and told me that he was coming I would say that I was uncomfortable because you never know. Sometimes you have meetings with guys and think that it goes great and that there is a connection and then...until he called me today...."
  • What did he say when he called, "I was glad to see that the caller ID was a Boston number and I hurried to answer it and when he said 'hi, it's Jimmy Vesey and I've made my decision to come to New York' I can't remember exactly what I did but I probably had a pretty exciting comeback for him that I can't say in public."
  • On Buchnevich and Vesey coming in, "its' not really about another move. This was an opportunity for a real good player who becomes available and we are all trying to add these pieces. It's pretty well documented that we haven't had a lot of first round picks, we are trying to replace some of that depth and some of the prospects so any time that guy like this becomes available we are going to do our best to come in the race. As far as him and Pavel, we are all trying to come in and get as many young players as we can. The game is getting faster and younger and more skilled and we are in tune with that and it's a very exciting day for us. Pavel is a good player in his own right and we are looking to see how he makes his jump."
  • On Glen Sather's input, "Glen has input in every process. We talked to him every step of the way. He has been through everything and more. He has been great and advising along the way and this and that and picking up things. He has been a great sounding board and every step of the way we told him what we were thinking and how it was going and he's been very supportive."
  • On Chris Drury's impact, "I would say that it was very significant. I've gotten to know him a lot since we hired him the last year. He is a pretty special guy, lots of character and done a lot of different things in sports and he carries himself with class. He is just a good guy and a great voice in the room. He won the Hobey Baker and there are a lot of things that Jimmy can draw from and see himself in. Chris has been a great hire for us and has done a lot of good things for us and a huge asset when we talk to young players."
  • On John Gilmour, "I think that it's a little under the radar with Jimmy obviously but we really like his skating, he can really shoot the puck. He has won, a nice character guy and our scouts see some really good things in him and we look forward to seeing him in training camp. It's probably not getting the same kind of coverage but we are excited to get John."
  • Are you satisfied with the team you know have, "I don't think I would use the word satisfied. I don't think you will find too many GMs who are satisfied, maybe Jimmy Rutherford. We are happy today to get someone like this but there is a lot of work to do as we close in on camp. I don't know what is next in terms of a move but we are happy, we have a lot of good players and we think we have some good youth and this really helps that. I don't think anyone is satisfied but everyone is very happy to get Jimmy."
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