For years, everyone was passing Hugh Jessiman by. Eric Fehr, Shawn Belle, Tibor.
Well no more! The Rangers called up Jessiman, the only first-round pick in the 2003 entry draft to have never played an NHL game, earlier today. He’ll finally get his chance with the Blueshi… oh he got traded to Nashville. For future considerations. Ouch.
Jessiman, who is 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, has split the four seasons he’s been out of college between the AHL and ECHL and has 57 goals and 62 assists in those four seasons. He has no points in six games this year and has apparently been pushing his agent for a trade because the Rangers aren’t giving him a chance.
Memo to Mr. Jessiman: The reason the Rangers, who aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire offensively, aren’t giving you a chance to play in the NHL is because you are not good at hockey. You have had ONE (1) good season in your entire hockey career, that being the 24-23-47 freshman season at Dartmouth that got you drafted No. 12 overall in the best draft in hockey history, ahead of guys like Mike Richards, Ryan Getzlaf and Zach Parise. You are injury-prone at worst and a mediocre player at best. That’s why you’ve never played an NHL game, and likely never will. You’re an answer to a trivia question, not someone that’s earned a shot in the best hockey league in the world.
Give the KHL a whirl or something. Hockey on this continent is a dead end for you.
(Yes, I am still bitter about Jessiman scoring a hat trick against my college that freshman year, thanks for bringing it up.)