If Jimmy Vesey can stay healthy and play 82 games this season, he could probably reach 30-points. If one takes Vesey’s college production and translates it to the NHL equivalent, 25-30 points is what one can reasonably expect in Jimmy Vesey’s rookie season. Using the Blackhawks 2015-16 season as an example, Teuvo Teravainen scored 35-points and Andrew Shaw recorded 34-points. Both of those players are gone and Chicago will need to replace that production. The rookie Jimmy Vesey can probably produce at a tier just under that.
So Jimmy Vesey isn’t a savior. He isn’t a 1st-line LW talent. However, Chicago has a serious problem when it comes to depth and production at the forward position. They also have a serious problem with cap space. A Jimmy Vesey scoring 25-30 points per season over the next two years, while on a entry-level contract ($925k + bonuses) is highly valuable to Chicago. Only SIX returning Blackhawk forwards had 10 or more points last season, so Chicago can definitely use 25-30 points.
Jiri Hudler would provide more production, but it would come at a higher cost. That cost being one the Chicago Blackhawks would most likely not be able to afford with their salary cap situation. However, one caveat that benefits a Vesey signing over Hudler is their free agent status at the end of their contracts. Vesey will finish his 2-year entry level contract and be a restricted free agent. Like Andrew Shaw this past season and Brandin Saad before him, Chicago would be able to trade Vesey’s rights to a team for draft picks or players. So while Hudler would provide more point production on the ice, Vesey would be cheaper, younger, and tradable after his entry level contract expires.