Vesey scored a goal in a 5-4 overtime win Wednesday over the Canadiens. It was his first game as a Maple Leaf. The talented winger acknowledged that he got off to a poor start in Buffalo last season and never recovered. Vesey looked like a new man Wednesday night and appears to have a strong fit within the Toronto system. He may surprise this season in deep leagues that don't overweigh power-play production, as he's not likely to see much action with the man advantage.
Vesey signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with Toronto on Sunday. Vesey struggled in his only season with the Sabres during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring just nine goals and 20 points, both career worsts. His 13:48 of average ice time was also the lowest since his rookie season. The 27-year-old winger will likely skate in Toronto's bottom six.
With the Sabres being one of seven NHL teams that won't be part of the playoffs, Vesey has played his last game of 2019-20 and will soon become an unrestricted free agent, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports. Vesey didn't perform poorly, though like a lot of Sabres his production was modest and he only put up 20 points in 64 games while barely seeing any power play time. He got better as the season went along, and even though he's probably in line for a bigger salary than the $2.275 million he made in 2019-20, the Sabres seem like a decent bet to bring him back under a new deal.
Vesey registered an assist and two shots on net in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Vesey had a hand in Dominik Kahun's first-period tally. For the fourth straight year, Vesey has recorded 20 points. He did so in 60 contests this year. The 26-year-old has never had fewer than 27 points in a full season, which came in his rookie year of 2016-17. He should end up at a similar total by the end of 2019-20.
Vesey scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Vesey's tally capped a three-goal burst over a span of 1:31 from the Sabres. The 26-year-old winger has posted 19 points, 85 shots and a plus-14 rating in 55 games this season. He's still seeing top-six minutes even with Victor Olofsson back from injury, but Vesey will have to battle for a prime scoring role over the remainder of the year.
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