The Jimmy Vesey to Boston watch may be over.
The Hobey Baker winner out of Harvard University was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third round draft pick. Vesey, who was drafted by the Predators, had stated his intentions not to sign with the club, and was set to become a free agent on August 15th.
Vesey joins Boston University’s Jack Eichel as Hobey Baker winners with the Sabres. The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs had been rumored to be finalists to sign the forward in August. Earlier in the day, speculation emerged about the New York Rangers’ interest as well.
Thought Vesey and Eichel share the same agent, ESPN NH’s Mike Grinnell says a source is surprised to see Vesey be traded to the Sabres.
Source close to Vesey camp tells me Buffalo always enticed Vesey, but he’s “shocked” about trade news.
— Mike Grinnell (@MikeGrinnell_) June 20, 2016
Vesey, 23, picked up 46 points in 33 games this season with the Crimson, good for third n the ECAC. He finished his career with Harvard with 144 points in 128 games. His 58 point season in 2014-2015 was his career best. Vesey was also a member of the gold winning 2013 Team USA team and a bronze winner n 2015.
The Bruins interest in Vesey was sparked by uncertainty whether the team can retain forward Loui Eriksson. The NHL free agency period officially opens in July 1st.
Buffalo would still have to sign Vesey, which may explain the relatively low price of a third round draft pick, but the Sabres must believe they can retain him to make the move. Buffalo has until August 15th to exclusively negotiate with Vesey.