The Jimmy Vesey saga has come to an end as the Hobey Baker winner has agreed to sign with the New York Rangers and not the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Up to eight teams were rumored to be in on 23-year-old, which included the Toronto Maple Leafs who were able to meet with Vesey in Boston. However, it was not enough to lure the Boston native to join the Maple Leafs youth movement.
After consulting with his agents Pete Fish and Pete Donatelli today, Jimmy Vesey has decided to sign with NYR. #VeseyWatch is over.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 19, 2016
I mean, the Rangers had Noah Syndergaard, that guy from “Entourage” AND Darryl McDaniels tweet at Jimmy Vesey. I’d cave, too.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) August 19, 2016
So why didn’t Vesey choose the Maple Leafs?
It’s quite simple, the Maple Leafs are stacked at the wing and going forward. In the past two drafts the Maple Leafs have selected 11 wingers and if you include players like William Nylander, Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita Soshnikov, Andreas Johnson, and Kasperi Kapanen that’s a lot of wingers that will be vying for jobs on the wing.
Which could be the reason as to why Vesey didn’t choose the Maple Leafs, perhaps the competition was something he was not looking forward to and with so many wingers looking to make the team this year and in the years to come, Maple Leafs management was not comfortable guaranteeing a top six role to him.
Also, Vesey maybe wanted to be a big fish in a small pond. Meaning that Vesey will be the center of attention in New York when it comes to the young players looking to join the Rangers. If he would have signed with the Maple Leafs he would have been the third or fourth storyline heading into training camp.
The Toronto media would be following Auston Matthews as he plays for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey while the second biggest story will be whether or not Mitch Marner will be able to stick with the Maple Leafs.
Whereas in New York there won’t be a Matthews, Marner, or Nylander taking any of the limelight from his signing or much competition as he looks to secure a spot in the top six, so it’s no big surprise as to why he signed with the Rangers.
It would have been a nice addition if the Maple Leafs would have signed Vesey because it would have been a free signing and would not have cost them nothing, however, with so many young players coming next year and on the horizon it’s safe to say the Maple Leafs will be alright.