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Sabres acquire rights to reigning Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey (Updated)

2015 Beanpot Tournament - Consolation Game

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 23: Jimmy Vesey #19 of the Harvard Crimson skates against Steve Santini #6 of the Boston College Eagles during the second period of the 2015 Beanpot Tournament consolation game at TD Garden on February 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired the rights to forward Jimmy Vesey in a trade with the Predators that sent a third-round pick (76th overall) in this week’s NHL Draft to Nashville.

Vesey wrapped up his collegiate career with Harvard by claiming the Hobey Baker Award after scoring 24 goals and 46 points in 33 games this season as a senior.

The Predators selected Vesey in the third round of the 2012 draft, however he declined to sign an entry-level deal with Nashville, opting instead to choose free agency.

He doesn’t become an unrestricted free agent until Aug. 15, when he’ll be free to sign with any NHL club of his choosing.

Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton claimed in March that when the organization asked Vesey if he was going to sign in Nashville, he replied that he would.

The Vesey camp refuted that, saying in a statement that what Fenton said was not accurate.