National Hockey League

Sabres acquire Jimmy Vesey from Rangers

The New York Rangers have acquired a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jimmy Vesey, the teams announced Monday.

Back in 2016, the Sabres had acquired Vesey’s rights from Nashville in an effort to sign him when he was an unrestricted free agent.

Per CapFriendly, the Rangers now have $20,411,391 in projected cap space, with a roster of 18 (10 forwards, six defensemen, and two goalies).

Vesey totaled 35 points (17+18) last season, including 31 at even strength, which ranked third among all Rangers skaters in 2018-19. For the second consecutive season, 16 of his 17 goals were scored at even strength.

In three career NHL seasons with the Rangers, Vesey has totaled 90 points (50+40) in 240 regular-season games, adding five points (1+4) in 12 playoff contests. Of his 50 career goals, 43 have been scored at even strength, ranking third among Rangers skaters since he entered the league.

Prior to beginning his professional career, the North Reading, Massachusetts native played four seasons at Harvard University, where he totaled 144 points (80+64) in 128 games. His collegiate career culminated with the 2016 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player following a senior season during which he led all Crimson skaters and finished third in the ECAC with 46 points (24+22) in 33 games.

Vesey has also represented the United States internationally on two occasions. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and took home a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Vesey has 90 points (50 goals, 40 assists) in 240 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Information from Buffalo Sabres Communications and NHL.com were used in this report.

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