Alain Vigneault said on Friday that with the injury to Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey will get another opportunity to play a bigger role.
He said that Vesey has been begging for more ice time, needs to elevate his game and will get a chance to skate with Mika Zibanejad and Rick Nash.
Vesey has 10 goals and 7 assists this season while averaging 13:58 per game.
Larry Brooks wrote recently that while Vesey has shown "flashes" there hasn't been consistency in his game. (NY Post)
Vesey, 25 in May, is an RFA at the end of the season.
In the past 15 games, Vesey has 2 goals, 1 assists, 20 shots on goal and is averaging 14:34 per game.
Vesey said that he is looking to "cash in" with this opportunity and that while he thinks he is better than he was last year, "there are still ups and downs and there are still some inconsistencies." (NY Post)
He added that he feels he is still a developing player but that he is playing with more confidence and wants to help turn things around. (NY Post)
On 2/3, Alain Vigneault said of Vesey, "Jimmy's consistency has been an issue this year. I just feel that he is working hard, staying positive and focused and I want to see him up there with Mika and Nasher. Also need balance in the lines and this gives us some balance." (NYR)
Adam Rotter: We've seen flashes from Vesey and I have gotten excited about those flashes in the past, but it's time for him to bring it consistently and produce in a top-six role. He's been shuffled all around the lineup in his two-years with the Rangers but there are top-six spots open and he really needs to grab one and hold onto it. I do think the has been better this season than in his rookie year but the Rangers need to see more from Vesey if he is to be part of the long-term plan. I don't expect the Rangers to move on from Vesey after the season but he won't get anything more than a one-year deal in his next contract if he doesn't start playing better.