7/21/17 | Jimmy Vesey said during the playoffs that he still has "so much room to grow" as a player and that just going through the season and playoffs gave him confidence. (NY Post)
5/29/17 | Jimmy Vesey said toward the end of the regular season that he considered his rookie year to be "pretty good" and that he was "only going to get better" from that point forward. (NY Post)
He said that during the regular season he had some "stretches of really good hockey" but also had some "lulls." (NY Post)
- In 48 games before the All-Star break, Vesey had 11 goals and 8 assists in 13:46 per game, with 67 shots
- In 32 games after the All-Star break, Vesey had 5 goals and 3 assists, 13:27 per game and 49 shots on goal.
Vesey noted though that those lulls have made him a better player. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said heading into the playoffs that it was normal for a rookie to have ups and downs and added "our whole group is confident that he will play real well for us moving forward."
Larry Brooks writes that Vesey has a chance to make a "serious impact" as soon as next season. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Vesey pretty much met my expectations for this season. I felt he would end up around 20 goals and 30 points and he was close enough to that. He definitely hit a wall at some point but also showed over the course of the year that he is a lot more than just the scorer he is expected to be. He added some physicality in the playoffs, is decent as a two-way player and has a year under his belt now and a better understanding of how he needs to prepare for an NHL season. I think it's very possible that Vesey takes a big jump next season and ends up around 25 goals and 50 points. I was just really impressed with a lot of his game and think that the scoring part of it will jump next season.