In recent weeks, it’s been all about Jimmy Vesey, the local kid from just outside of Boston. Last Friday he made a very unpopular choice to sign with the New York Rangers instead of his hometown Bruins. This decision has caused much criticism coming out of the Boston area with people saying he will fail on the big stage in New York and even led to Bruins Forward Matt Beleskey calling him out on Twitter.
Let’s take a look at some of the factors that may have made this decision a little easier than people think for Vesey. More often than not, when players from Boston come to play for the Bruins, they struggle. One need not look any further than Jimmy Hayes, who had a rough first season in Boston in 2015-16. In Vesey’s mind that could have been one of the things that deterred him from signing with the B’s. But when you take a deeper look at the roster make up of both teams it actually wasn’t the worst decision he could have made. The Bruins have a solid core of older players in David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but they truly do have a solid core of young guys who are vying for positions up front and have been in the system for a few years now. The Rangers are a team that are looking to get younger, as they have been in the thick of things for the last few years, coming up short in the finals three years ago. They have aging veterans like Rick Nash who they want to shed, and Vesey is the perfect guy to fill that void at a cheaper price. The Rangers did well to nab Vesey.
At the end of the day, I think Vesey did not make his decision based on what others wanted but what he truly wanted. He gets out of the area he grew up but close enough to where he still feels close enough to home. I highlighted last week the perks of playing at home and wanting to play for your home team but you also have to remember the pressure that comes with that. I think that helped him realize that if he wanted to truly have the best career he could without that pressure, New York was a perfect place for him. We can be mad at him for not staying home, I liken it to would you just marry someone because they were from same area as you and that’s it. I know I wouldn’t and that’s what Jimmy did. He picked a team where he gets a change of scenery and a chance at the dream of being an NHL player.