Jimmy Vesey finished his second NHL season with 17 goals and 11 assists in 79 games, up slightly from the 16 goals and 11 assists he scored in 80 games as a rookie.
Vesey averaged 14:12 in his second season and on 4/6, Alain Vigneault said Vesey needs to find his identity and figure out what kind of player he is.
Vigneault has said that he believes Vesey can be a power forward and go to the front of the net where most of the goals are being scored.
Vesey said near the end of the season that he felt there were "ups and downs" during the season but that overall he felt he had a "solid year." (NY Post)
He said that later in the season he started to play with more confidence when handling the puck and trying to make moves. (NY Post)
Vesey is an RFA and eligible for arbitration this summer and can be a UFA following the 19-20 season.
Adam Rotter: Vesey has shown at times that he can be the player he was hyped to be when he won the Hobey Baker, snubbed Nashville and Buffalo and ended up signing with the Rangers. He just hasn't been consistent and while I think his highs this season were better than when he was at his best as a rookie, there is still a lot of unknown about who exactly he is as a player and what he can be. He will get a clean slate with the new coaching staff and likely a top-six opportunity to to show once and for all if he will be part of the future for the Rangers. His contract will be interesting because he hasn't earned a three-year deal, to buy out one-year of free agency, but if the Rangers can make a deal that is relatively cheap, or movable, that kind of cost certainty may make sense.