Preds believe Vesey could ‘come in and play right away’

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The Nashville Predators aren’t sure when Jimmy Vesey’s Harvard season is going to end, but as soon as it does, they want the 22-year-old winger to come play for them.

“As we’ve told him all along, and including as recently as probably this past week, is we’ve got a spot for him,” Preds GM David Poile told 102.5 The Game radio in Nashville (audio).

“We truly believe that he could come in and play right away.”

Of course, before he’d play for the Preds he’d have to sign with them. The alternative for the NCAA star is to become a free agent this offseason, which has led to all sorts of speculation that he’ll do just that.

Hence, the aggressive pitch by the Preds.

“I could see him starting right out either on (Ryan) Johansen’s line or probably Mike Fisher’s line,” said Poile.

Vesey has 16 goals and 16 assists in 20 games for Harvard.

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