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Report: Jimmy Vesey spurns Predators, opts for free agency

Czech Republic Hockey Worlds

Jimmy Vesey of USA, left, challenges for the puck with Slovenia’s Ziga Pance, right, during the Hockey World Championships Group B match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


Nope, it doesn’t sound like Jimmy Vesey will be to the Nashville Predators what Chris Kreider is to the New York Rangers.

That would require Vesey to sign an entry-level contract with the Predators, and that’s not reportedly happening, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Harvard forward will instead opt for free agency.

With that, he’ll be a 22-year-old unrestricted free agent who can sign a deal ... starting on August 15?

It appears as though Vesey will follow more of the Justin Schultz model of leaving college and then not signing a deal with the team who drafted him. It’s quite interesting that Vesey decided not to sign with the Predators, which would have given him a chance to at least potentially jump right into playoff races (quite a bit like Kreider’s debut with the Rangers).

He was a third-round pick (66th overall) in 2012, and he scored nicely for Harvard during the last two seasons in particular.

The “Vesey Sweepstakes” might not really begin until August, but the speculation could be heavy for some time.

Update: Here’s the latest on Nashville’s response: