As we inch closer to August 15th, in the NHL-verse, eyes slowly but surely at one: Jimmy Vesey. The 2016 Hobey Baker award winner and 66th overall pick in 2012 meets today with Tim Murray of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres hold the rights currently to Vesey and will try their hand once more to convince him to sign with Buffalo before August approaches.
But where do the Blues play in this role? One name: Jim Vesey. Well. The same name, older fella. Jim Vesey is Jimmy’s father and was actually drafted in 1984 to the St. Louis Blues. Jim only managed 15 NHL games in his career registering 1 goal and 2 assists but had a very impressive minor league career. For the Peoria Rivermen, Vesey managed a very impressive 257 points in 194 games for the Blues organization. Now it might be a very slim chance that Doug Armstrong is able to pry his son Jimmy out of the Northeast. Armstrong should be making some phone calls to tug on those roots. The Blues right now are shallower on the left side and Vesey’s talents could certainly add straight in to a Top 6 role right away. Steen is getting older and beyond Schwartz and the potential of Perron as well, lot of question marks come about for the future of this left wing side. Bottom line, Doug Armstrong would be a fool not to try and pull at a few family strings. Whether they work or not is competely up to fate.