Jimmy Vesey was on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast this week and said the following things about his rookie season:
- He had a "big start," the middle was "up and down" but he liked how he finished the season/playoffs and hopes to bring that momentum into next season.
- The toughest thing for him was the mental aspect of playing so many games. He said that he was fine physically but the mental part of the game took a toll.
- He said that it's a "process" to stay even keeled.
- On Alain Vigneault, "everyone says that he doesn't like rookies but I think he liked me, he played me in a lot of situations. "
- On AV, Vesey added that he felt that everything he got he deserved and that Vigneault had faith in him right away.
- His focus this summer is on getting stronger, being tougher to play against in front of the net and puck protection.
- He is working both on flexibility and injury prevention as well as leg and core strength this summer.
- He spent six years learning Mandarin in high school and early in college
- When Hayes and Vesey were working out together last summer, before Vesey signed with the Rangers, Hayes would put on songs mentioning New York all the time.
- The first round series against Montreal was one of the most fun times he has had playing hockey
Listen to the entire interview, here.