Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jimmy Vesey 

Is there anyone else who can top this list?

Coming into 2016, everyone knew the Rangers were going to be a team of transition. With youth being the number one priority, it was necessary for the organization to throw their hat in the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.

Vesey, of course, was one of the top collegiate talents who wanted to be a free agent instead of signing with the Nashville Predators or Buffalo Sabres, two teams who owned his rights. Despite the stiff competition, the Rangers were able to come away with one of the best young talents in the game.

And now, they’re seeing their decision pay off in a big way.

Vesey has all but replaced Rick Nash on the top line as he opened up as the lead left-winger in game one. The former Harvard standout is tied for the team lead in goals and has five total points, two of which (one goal, one assist) have come on the power play.


Thus far, Vesey has proved to be the total package. While he stands out for his instincts and finesse on the offensive end, he shows just as much grit and tenacity on the forecheck. At 23-years old, he still has a ton of time to mature into a top NHL talent.

And for the time being, he’s leading the way for the New York Rangers.

Grade: A-

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Besides writing for Elite Sports New York as Managing Editor, Dan Federico a Featured Writer for Bleacher Report and an Editor and Contributor for The Sportster. Based just outside of New York City, Dan is an avid fan of all things New York sports and professional wrestling. Dan Federico is a senior writer for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter or contact him via email.