Islanders and Rangers representatives are expected to make in-person pitches for Harvard free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey in the next two days, according to sources.
Vesey, 23, who officially became a free agent at 12:01 Tuesday morning, and his agents, Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli, will conduct interviews in Boston with a handful of teams, and a decision is expected by Friday.
No team is officially allowed to speak with Vesey — who reportedly has assembled a short list of teams he’d like to hear from — before midnight.
Among the other contenders are the Bruins, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Sabres and Devils.
Vesey, a 6-2, 200-pound left wing, had 56 goals and 104 points in 70 games in his junior and senior years and won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top collegiate player.
Under the collective-bargaining agreement, Vesey can sign only a two-year entry-level deal with an annual salary-cap charge of $925,000, plus performance bonuses.
Drafted 66th overall by Nashville in 2012, Vesey spurned the Predators in March by choosing not to sign within four years. In June, Nashville traded his rights to the Sabres.