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.
Vesey scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
He added four shots, three hits and a plus-2 rating to his ledger as he matched up against his former team. Vesey's third-period tally gave the Sabres a 3-0 lead and wound up being the game-winner after the Rangers lit the lamp twice inside the final three minutes. The 26-year-old is starting to find his footing on Jack Eichel's line, scoring two goals and three points in the last two games, but Vesey's running out of time to really take advantage with Victor Olofsson (lower body) nearing a return to practice.
Vesey notched a goal during Thursday's shootout loss to Detroit.
The tally snapped a five-game point drought for the winger. He has just two points -- both goals -- in his past 10 outings. Vesey has been playing on the Sabres' top line, but he's been showing little production given the quality of his linemates in Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. He sits at just 15 points through 50 contests.
Vesey scored a goal, dished two hits and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Stars.
Vesey scored 7:01 into the game, converting on a Sam Reinhart pass. It's been a tough start to Vesey's career with the Sabres, as he has 14 points, 65 shots on goal and a plus-11 rating in 44 contests. He's not seeing the power-play time he got with the Rangers in the previous three seasons -- that explains some of his struggles. He's also shooting just 9.2 percent this season, compared to an 11.9 percent success rate in his career.
Vesey was a healthy scratch during Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.
Vesey played on the top line with Jack Eichel during Saturday's loss to the Canucks, and he recorded two shots on net and a minus-1 rating across 16:47 of ice time. However, Vesey faced a freefall demotion the next day, as he served as a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Vesey picked up an assist during Saturday's win over Los Angeles, his seventh of the season.
The point snapped a mini three-game point drought. Vesey has been a streaky player for the Sabres, as all of his points have been scored in two, three or four-game stretches. Perhaps he'll keep that trend going by finding the scoresheet again during Monday's visit to Ottawa.
Vesey scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
He helped set up a Casey Mittelstadt tally in the second period, then stole the puck in the Leafs' end and tucked home what proved to be the game-winner midway through the third. Vesey has now tickled twine in three straight games and recorded a point in four straight, but on the season he still only has three goals and seven points through 23 contests.
Vesey scored his first goal of the season in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Lightning.
Vesey's first goal of the campaign took 21 games, giving the winger four points. Playing 12:55 a night, the lowest average ice time of Vesey's career, the former Ranger is not having much luck in Buffalo and probably isn't deserving of a fantasy roster spot at this point.
Vesey is expected to skate on the top line Thursday against Boston with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Vesey is somehow still searching for his first goal of the campaign, so if he can't score with his two new linemates, nothing's working. Vesey has a long way to re-prove himself after scoring 17 goals last season with the Rangers, as he only has a measly two assists in 18 games with the Sabres. We'll see how he does with his new grouping, so if you're feeling lucky perhaps he's an uber-shrewd cheap DFS play for a night. Still, Vesey is seeing just six seconds of power-play time per game.
Vesey (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against the Islanders.
Vesey, who's notched two helpers in 11 games this campaign, will return to a bottom-six role against the Islanders.
Vesey (upper body) has been upgraded from week-to-week to day-to-day but won't play Friday against the Capitals, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Vesey is clearly making progress in his recovery, but there's still no definite timetable for his return to the lineup. Once he's cleared to play, the 26-year-old American, who's notched two assists in 11 games this campaign, will slot into a bottom-six role.
The team announced Sunday that Vesey's status is week-to-week due to an upper-body injury.
Vesey suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, and after being re-evaluated by team doctors was deemed week-to-week. In theory, Vesey still has a chance to suit up in Monday's matchup against Arizona, but if he can't go, Evan Rodrigues figures to continue to slot into the lineup.
Vesey (upper body) won't play in Friday's game against the Red Wings.
Vesey won't travel with the team, and he'll instead be evaluated by Buffalo's training staff over the weekend. He'll aim to get back into the lineup for Monday's matchup against the Coyotes, but Evan Rodrigues figures to slot into the lineup for now.
Vesey (undisclosed) left Thursday's game against the Rangers and won't return, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Vesey was on the wrong end of a Brady Skjei hit in the second period, and as evidenced by this news, seems to be feeling the effects of the hit. The former Ranger was forced to miss the last 12:35 of the second period due to the hit. With the 26-year-old missing, the Sabres will operate with 11 forwards, with Zemgus Girgensons the likely player to get a bump up to the third line.
Vesey recorded an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
It was the only digit on the winger's stat line. Vesey's helper came on a Casey Mittelstadt goal in the second period. The 26-year-old has two assists and a plus-4 rating in nine games this season, as he slowly adjusts to a third-line role with the Sabres.
Vesey picked up an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
The drought has ended for Vesey, who came up empty in seven straight games to open the season. The 26-year-old produced 35 points in 81 games for the Rangers last season, but he could struggle to match that mark in his first year with the Sabres if his offense remains inconsistent.
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