3/30/18 | Vigneault spoke about Vesey on 3/30 and said, "he is coming along. Jimmy has to understand that he is a power forward and what a power has to do, go into the tough areas, the front of the net, finishing your check and being a physical element that you need. Like any young player, he is in his second year, you are looking to establish yourself as a pro and you find out what it is to be a pro and bring it every night and that is what Jimmy is learning and in that last little stretch he has been playing much better."
From the Rangers Game Notes, "Jimmy Vesey enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (two goals, three assists), and he has registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last eight contests."
3/23/18 | Since the trade deadline, Jimmy Vesey has 4 goals in 11 games, is a minus one, has 22 shots on goal and an average of 16:03 per game.
Three of Vesey's four goals came in a 3/12 win over Carolina.
Prior to the deadline, Vesey had been averaging 13:51 per game.
Alain Vigneault said recently that Vesey is getting the opportunity to play a bigger role and "make a statement" about his game.
Alain Vigneault said on 3/13, "he is getting a chance and a good amount of ice time and I need him to have a good end of the season. It's important for him and his development and hopefully with the right mindset and commitment he will take it one game at a time and play well."
On 3/20, Vigneault said that Vesey needed to establish his identity as a player, "In our minds, when we convinced him to come over, because of the opportunity, we were getting a power forward, a guy that was physical, went to the tough areas to get goals, played a north/south game and brought energy. For a reason this year it has been a little bit more challenging, he has had some real good moments and he has had some other more challenging moments. We have a stretch here, and we have talked about this with him, I'd really like to see him establish his identity so that when the other team is talking about Jimmy Vesey, and we are talking about, power forward, north/south, goes out and gets pucks in the corners and brings them to the tough areas. Hopefully, he has had some real good games lately, I'd like that consistency and see him bring it every night."
Adam Rotter: While we have seen Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich and even Jesper Fast step up and produce over the last few weeks, that has not been the case with Vesey. He's had the opportunity but it's not translating into anything on the scoresheet. We've seen what Vesey can be, he showed it in the playoffs and in some little streaks this season, but it hasn't been enough and it certainly hasn't translated to much that could help the Rangers win. He's an RFA after the season, has arbitration rights and turns 25 in May. He's likely looking at a one-year deal, possibly an arbitration hearing, in the range of $1.5 million or so. I expect the Rangers to keep him in the offseason and give him most of next year to prove he should be part of the plan moving forward. I expected a lot more production out of Vesey this season and at no point did I ever think he would be behind David Desharnais, Jesper Fast, and at this point, both Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk in terms of points.