The Bruins have been very good lately when it comes to plucking pro prospects out of the NCAA ranks -- Torey Krug, Frank Vatrano and Noel Acciari among others -- and they might be doing it again with Harvard captain Jimmy Vesey.

The Crimson standout made waves this week when he and his camp informed the Nashville Predators he wouldn’t be signing with them during their exclusive-rights period, which they had as a result of selecting him in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. Instead, Vesey intends to exercise his rights to become a free agent on Aug. 15, and the Boston Herald reports he’ll be signing with the Bruins later this summer according to an “extremely well-placed source within the Boston-area college hockey community.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Vesey -- who had 56 goals in 70 games during his Harvard career -- grew up as a B's fan in North Reading. In addition, there's a clear Harvard-Bruins connection: Crimson alum Don Sweeney is the Black and Gold's general manager, and ex-Bruin Ted Donato is currently head coach at the school. Signing Vesey could help offset the potential loss of Loui Eriksson, who is expected to leave Boston via free agency in anticipation of a big-money, long-term contract.