Maple Leafs select Nolan Vesey 158th overall

Maple Leafs select Nolan Vesey 158th overall

The Maple Leafs have selected left winger Nolan Vesey from the South Shore Kings of the USPHL with their 158th overall draft selection. It is the Leafs’ third consecutive pick of a player committed to playing American collegiate hockey next season.

The 6’1, 198-pound Massachusetts native, whose father Jim Vesey had a cup of coffee in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, will play for Maine next season. Nolan’s brother Jimmy was drafted in the third round by the Nashville Predators two years ago (more on his hockey family here). A March ’95 birthdate, Vesey was passed over in last June’s draft.

“Also similar to his brother, Nolan has been a late comer. Jimmy was not one of these players who had his college commitment locked up at 14, and he was passed over in his first year of NHL draft eligibility. Nolan’s college interactions have accelerated now. In NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings in November, Nolan was pegged as a potential late-round pick, but then was not included in the mid-term rankings.”
- New England Hockey Journal

Dave Morrison on Nolan Vesey

“Nolan is going into Maine next year. He’s a bit of a late bloomer. I think it was a lot to do with maturity with this kid. I think the talent was always there, but I don’t think he was really a mature enough kid to know what he had to do. In the last year, he has really changed things around. I know the Maine guys are really excited to get him going, too. He’s another guy with a lot of offensive potential, got a real nice set of hands. I think there’s a little bit of grit there, too. Nolan certainly has an edge to him, and it’s never a bad thing when a kid has a little bit of edge. But he’s got the hands and he can actually produce offensively.”

Nolan Vesey Statistics

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34 comments
Cloud09
Cloud09

@mirtle  7s

Nonis said Gunnarsson had played through quite a bit of pain the last two years. Chronic hip issue.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

i dont know if any of these late picks have a chance of making it 

Omac13
Omac13

Common thing about all players taken, SIZE. with the exception being our 8th overall pick. The leafs went with all big Fowards and one big D man in this draft.

FrycersGhost
FrycersGhost

Really not thrilled about our prospects for next season.  Glad we still have JVR though.

wiski
wiski

Looks like Nonis is still using Burke's blueprint picking yanks 

Omac13
Omac13

One thing is for sure is the Leafs are going with Big Forwards. Kids that already have the size they need to work on the hockey side of the game but that stuff can be taught, you have teach a kid to be 6 foot 200lbs

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

idk bout our picks right now. Now of them scream like they will make it. A lot of pass over picks that need a lot of work. 

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Cloud09 My immediate thought when I heard about this trade was that it was related to the hip issue, with the Leafs thinking he was damaged goods going forward. Well, good for Gunner then, because he'll get less minutes against easier competition and more help from his forward group in St. Louis.

steele123
steele123

But we're maintaining the integrity of the threads lol

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Loric76 Best is the closing line: "feels like it's only been good memories from Toronto." Hear that free agents? Do ya?

wiski
wiski

@Loric76 He needs to dump that flip phone he's using 

Leafs_17
Leafs_17

@leafmealone @Cloud09 then he will get praised for doing a  good job in a lesser role and people will go on and on about this trade 

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Leafs_17 @leafmealone @Cloud09 He could spontaneously combust in his first shift for St. Louis and Leaf fans would still be like: "Stupid Nonis, Gunner's on fire now that he's not in TO." lol