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Jimmy Vesey meets with seven teams

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Free agent forward Jimmy Vesey met with seven NHL teams the past two days and will begin weighing his options Thursday, reported.

Vesey met with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, the report said, and the Buffalo Sabres remain a possibility.

"I would say the earliest (he will sign) may be Friday or Saturday, but I wouldn't expect it to drag on much into the following week," agent Peter Fish told The Associated Press earlier this week.

Vesey, 23, was a third-round pick (No. 66) of the Nashville Predators at the 2012 NHL Draft. The Predators hoped Vesey, who won the 2016 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in NCAA hockey, would sign with them after completing his senior season at Harvard in March and offered him a spot among their top six forwards heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Nashville traded Vesey to the Sabres for a 2016 third-round pick June 20. Vesey did not sign with Buffalo and became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.

Vesey (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) had 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 33 games last season, and 144 points (80 goals, 64 assists) in 128 games during his four-season Harvard career.

Islanders captain John Tavares was part of their pitch made to Vesey on Tuesday.

"There's obviously not a lot going on in the hockey world right now, so with Jimmy's decision coming up and him being a very good prospect, and potentially to really impact the lineup right away because of his age (23), and his skill set and maturity level, he's obviously a high priority for some teams, and for us, we're obviously on his short list and have that opportunity," Tavares told reporter Joe McDonald. "I really believe in our team and I'm sure they want to show him why we're the best fit for him and how he can impact our team and make us better, so we'll see what happens and if we're lucky enough we'll be able to get an impact player like him."

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