'I think the Bruins will definitely be on my list,' says Vesey
Jimmy's got a big decision to make.
Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey was at the Downtown Harvard Club on Monday night when he was asked about his future - specifically whether it may include the Boston Bruins.
"I think the Bruins will definitely be on my list of teams," the left winger said, according to the Boston Herald's Stephen Harris.
Vesey remains property of the Nashville Predators, who drafted him in 2012, but he's due for unrestricted free agency on Aug. 15 after not coming to terms on a deal with the club - despite the fact Nashville thought it had the Harvard stud signed.
When asked whether he'd promised the Predators he would sign, Vesey answered, "No. I think there was probably a little bit of a misunderstanding."
He said he'll make his decision on his playing future a few days after Aug. 15, when he's expected to be approached by a long list of teams.
The 22-year-old spent four seasons at Harvard and was born in North Reading, Mass., so he's certainly familiar with the Boston area. And since the money on an entry-level contract is standard, it'll be more about fit than anything.
"I'll look at what a team has in terms of (an) NHL roster, and also what it has in the prospect pool," Vesey said. "I'll also be looking at the coaches and what style of play is going to fit me the best. The city, definitely. There's a lot that's going to to go into it. I'm excited about it and I can't wait to see where I'm going to end up."
It won't be Nashville, that's for sure.
Vesey's father is a scout for the Maple Leafs, leading to speculation that rebuilding Toronto could be in the mix.
- With H/T to Pro Hockey Talk