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Rookie Jimmy Vesey booed in Nashville in his 1st start against the team that drafted him

Surprise! Predators fans do not like their former draft pick.

NHL: New York Rangers at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Vesey is a hated man in Nashville, it seems. Considering Vesey burned the Predators by defecting from the team that drafted him, it’s understandable that the fanbase might have some negative feelings toward the rookie.

Back at the end of last season, Predators General Manager David Poile guaranteed Vesey — the winner of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award for being college hockey’s best player — a spot on Nashville’s playoff roster. Instead, Vesey decided to test the waters of free agency due to a loophole in the NHL’s CBA that allows college players to choose their destination after four years if unsigned by their drafted teams.

Vesey’s rights were traded to the Sabres at the draft, but ultimately the Harvard University graduate chose the Rangers after he became an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 16.

So, what do fans of a team that got burned by a top hockey prospect do? They boo him, of course!

The NHL is apparently full of salt over departed talent today.