With Jimmy Vesey set to officially become a free agent in four days, he appears to be officially narrowing down his list of potential teams.
According to Stephen Harris of The Boston Herald, former Harvard star and Hobey Baker Award winner has reportedly narrowed down his list to a half-dozen teams. The 23-year-old college standout will take some meetings and explore his options before hand-picking his team of choice with whom to sign his entry-level deal.
Vesey's exclusive negotiating rights were acquired by the Buffalo Sabres - who are believed to be in the mix - in June from the Nashville Predators, who drafted him 66th overall in 2012. Buffalo has since been unable to sign him and other teams are likely to throw their hats in the ring.
Vesey held a meeting Wednesday with his agent and family to discuss his upcoming options.
"Just to kind of finalize our thoughts," his agent, Peter Fish, said. "We've all been running around doing stuff this summer, but we're finally getting down to the nitty-gritty."
Teams that have been linked to Vesey are his hometown Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks and the Sabres.
Fish said his client wants to thoroughly considering all factors before making his final decision.
"We've looked at depth charts with some teams and talked about them ... There's obviously a lot that goes into it: The city, the coach, the GM, the salary structure, how a team treats their players in the second and third contracts down the road."
Vesey will soon make his decision, but don't be surprised to see all 30 teams make a call on him, as a prospect like this is surely someone that every team can use.