9/17/17 | 4:57PM: Vesey spoke with the media and said (NYR):
- "I'm stronger and I think a little bit bigger and excited for the year."
- "Consistency, I think I showed some flashes last year where I played well for a stretch and I want to do that every night even if it's not scoring goals it's being accountable in my own zone and someone that coach can put out in any situation."
8:40AM: Jimmy Vesey said that he is hoping that his play in the playoffs last spring will help carry over into his second season. (NYR)
Alain Vigneault said that he thinks Vesey is a "gamer" and that he took the pressure of the playoffs "head on" last season.
He said that Vesey "has shown leadership qualities in the past and I expect him to be even better this year."
Vesey said that he learned the ropes of being in the NHL during his rookie season and is hoping to use what he learned to his advantage.(NYR)
- 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.
He said that he felt fine physically for most of the season but that he wants to work on his consistency as it relates to the mental part of the game. (NYR)
Vesey said that he spent a lot of time with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello last season and Kevin Hayes said that Vesey worked this summer to get into better shape and that he has a better understanding of what he has to do for an 82 game season. (NYR)
Vesey said that he felt he had a pretty good rookie season but that he still has a lot of room to grow as a player.
For a lot more on Vesey, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: I have high hopes for Vesey and wouldn't be surprised if he is the player who takes the biggest step forward this season. He has a full year and playoff run under his belt, doesn't have the national spotlight on him and has a chance to play a bigger role. He has the ability to score 20-25 goals and with a better understanding of what to do he will hopefully play a more consistent game throughout the season.