Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that Jimmy Vesey's decrease in ice time isn't so much because of how he is playing but because of returning players like Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich.
Vigneault also pointed to the success of the Derek Stepan line and the Kevin Hayes line and that Vesey is going through the process of becoming a pro.
He added, "Jimmy is a strong player, strong mentally, we are very confident in his capabilities. Right now he is where he is and will continue to push and there is nothing better than good internal pressure making sure guys stay on top of their game."
Vesey said that he is trying to get back to basics and being responsible in his own end. (MSG)
He added that he is still adjusting to both the physical and mental grind of the NHL season. (NY Post)
In 45 games this season Vesey has 11 goals, eight assists and is averaging 13:51.
He has just one goal and one assist in the past 16 games and an average of 12:34 per game.
Adam Rotter: It's not surprising that Vesey is on the fourth line, especially since each player on the three lines above him is producing well. Part of it is a numbers game and when the Rangers had all of their forwards healthy all it took was a guy like Michael Grabner or Brandon Pirri to get hot to send a Vesey or Buchnevich to the fourth line. Vesey has definitely hit a rough patch in his rookie season and that has something to do with his decrease in playing time, but it's not as if someone who isn't producing is playing ahead of him.