Prospect Ramblings, Jimmy Vesey Watch is on, Frozen Four

Peter Harling

2016-03-28

Jimmy Vesey

The Jimmy Vesey watch just took an interesting turn. The Hobey Baker finalist has informed the Nashville Predators he will be exercising his right to unrestricted free agency via  TSN insider Bob McKenzie

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Representatives for Jimmy Vesey today informed NSH their client will be exercising his right to unrestricted free agency on Aug. 15. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TSN?src=hash">#TSN</a></p>&mdash; Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) <a href="https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/714613952840343552">March 29, 2016</a></blockquote>

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The two top teams speculated to be the front runners are the Boston Bruins, Vesey’s home town team, and the Toronto Maple Leafs where his father is a scout and his brother is a prospect in that organization. While NHL free agenct begins on July first, Vesey will become a UFA on August 15th.

Nashville GM David Poile was clearly disappointed and upset, calling the news “bizarre” and a “shocker” He believed Vesey was going to play for Nashville, and they were clear they were prepared to play him in a top six role immediately. By signing for the balance of the season, he would quickly burn away the first year of a three year entry deal, if he signs as a free agent in August he will have to wait three years to sign his next contract.

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Another highly sought after college free agent being updated by McKenzie is Yale goalie Alex Lyon.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yale junior G Alex Lyon, sought after UFA (12+ teams with interest/offers), not likely to make a decision until next week.</p>&mdash; Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) <a href="https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/714580472542658562">March 28, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Lyon will try to work the number of interested teams down to a short list of options and then decide whether to turn pro and sign a NHL entry level contract, or return to Yale for another season in the NCAA.

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NCAA Frozen Four

The Frozen four final four teams are set and will begin in April 7-9 in Tampa. The University of North Dakota returns for the third straight year after beating Michigan and Hobey Baker favorite Kyle Connor 5-2. UND is led by Canucks prospect Brock Boeser, Chicago Blackhawks