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Andrei Vasilevskiy | Goalie

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
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Andrei Vasilevskiy was the top-rated goalie among ESPN's rankings of the top 100 drafted prospects.
ESPN's Corey Pronman has very high expectations for the Russian netminder. "I'm not exaggerating when I say this: Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalie prospects of the past 20 years," Pronman wrote. "He's a special player who has excelled if not dominated at just about every level and major event he’s participated in during the past five years, including the KHL playoffs. Vasilevskiy has good size - 6-foot-3, 201 pounds - elite athleticism, and a high hockey IQ and technical refinement you don't typically see in a goalie of his age." Vasilevskiy signed his entry-level deal with the Lightning during the summer and he's slated to start the year in the minors. Aug 13 - 10:27 AM

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Andrei Vasilevskiy has stopped 66 of the 67 shots he has faced in two appearances at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.

He has mostly served as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup at the tournament, but he has received plenty of praise for his play. "Tretiak also broke into the national championship and the national team when he was very young," former Soviet Hockey League goaltender Alexander Pashkov told the IIHF's website. "Like him, Vasilevskiy has great natural ability and last season he was the strongest goalie in the KHL. You could also see this in the last two World Junior Championships. I'm sure he can become a world class player." Comparing him to Vladislav Tretiak is certainly high praise, but he may have to wait a few seasons before he can make his mark in the NHL.
May 20 - 5:45 PM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said the Lightning won't rush Andrei Vasilevskii.

"We will be conservative and cautious in our approach with him," Yzerman said after the Bolts signed him to an entry-level deal on Tuesday. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves, just let them come in and play. We think we have a really good goaltending prospect here and goalies, more so than any other position, are less predictable. So let's wait and see how he does in training camp and figure out where we go from there. We think he's a great prospect ... he's excelled at every level, and his next step is to come over here." The Bolts can afford to take their time grooming Vasilevskii because of Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop. Tampa Bay has Kristers Gudlevskis and Adam Wilcox in the pipeline as well. Vasilevskii is expected to begin his career in North America in the AHL with Syracuse.
May 7 - 8:11 AM

Andrei Vasilevski has agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vasilevski had a 2.24 GAA and .928 save percentage in 14 KHL playoff games after posting a 14-8-5 record, 2.21 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 24 regular season contests. He's one of the world's better goaltending prospects and was taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
May 6 - 6:06 PM

Andrei Vasilevski has reportedly decided to leave the KHL's Ufa Salavat for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vasilevski had a 14-8-5 record to go with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in the KHL this year. He also posted a 2.24 GAA and a .928 save percentage in 14 playoff games. Look for the Lightning to get him signed to an entry-level deal shortly.
May 1 - 6:11 PM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman wants to sign prospect Andrei Vasilevski this week and bring him to North America.

His KHL contract with Ufa expires on Wednesday and Yzerman wants to bring him into the fold. The Lightning may have to do some convincing though, as Vasilevski's KHL team will try to keep him in Russia.
Apr 28 - 11:02 AM

The Lightning are excited by what goalie prospect Andrey Vasilevski brings to the table.

They're getting a glimpse of it now at development camp. Vasilevski was taken with the 19th pick in the 2012 draft and is considered by many as the top goalie prospect not in the NHL. He has a year left on his KHL deal and it could be awhile yet before he makes his mark in the NHL. "When you look at the combination of the size that he has with the agility and quickness that he has, and with the mental makeup he has, I think it just gets you pretty excited,'' Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray said.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning director of scouting Al Murray is hoping that prospect goalie Andrei Vasilevski plays in North America next season.

He has one year left on his contract with Ufa of the KHL but his deal has a buy-out clause, according to Murray. If he doesn't play overseas then he could skate for Mississauga in the OHL, since they own his junior rights, or with Syracuse in the AHL. Vasilevski was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Wed, May 8, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Andrei Vasilevski saved 32 of 34 shots in Russia's 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia in the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Slovakia scored a power-play goal with just 36 seconds left in the third period to send this game into overtime. Russia obviously still ended up coming out on top, but the tournament only gives two points for an overtime win, as opposed to three points if you win in regulation time. That'll hurt the Russian in what's likely to be a close battle for the top spot in Group B. Meanwhile Slovakia got a vital point out of this game to kickoff their quest to try and find a way to sneak into the Quarterfinals in a division that includes Canada and the United States in addition to Russia.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Andrei Vasilevski made 31 saves in a 6-2 win over Team QMJHL in the first game of the Super Series on Monday night.

His efforts earned him the player of the game for the Russian side. In 22 games with Tolpar Ufa of Russia's MHL, the Tampa Bay prospect has recorded a 2.06 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage according to eliteprospects.com. His KHL rights are owned by Salavat Yulaev Ufa and the Lightning selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 01:07:00 PM

Andrei Vasilevski, the 19th overall pick in last month's entry draft, will likely play in Russia next season.

There was some thought that the young netminder's Russian team would grant him a release to allow him to play in the OHL, but the Lightning have indicated that that won't likely happen. In any case, Vasilevski is a number of years away from making an impact in the NHL.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 10:25:00 AM

Andrei Vasilevski made a positive first impression at Tampa Bay's development camp.

"He's very big and very athletic and the trend of goaltending in the NHL, the successful ones, have those two traits," said GM Steve Yzerman. "That's what we really liked about him, and it's only practice, but you see his ability to move in the net, long limbs and he has a good structure to his game, but he also uses his arms and legs to make saves." He has two more years remaining on his contract with Ufa of the KHL, but would like to play in North America. His junior rights are owned by Mississauga of the OHL, but unless he buys out of the remainder of his Russian deal it doesn't look like he will be there next year.
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 09:00:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken Andrei Vasilevski with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Coupled with his great size, Vasilevski is very athletic with great balance and flexibility in his crease. He prefers to stay upright in net before being forced to drop to his pads. However, he is still very effective in the butterfly. He does a good job of taking away angles and challenging shooters. He is probably the best goaltender in the prospect pool at controlling rebounds. Vasilevski played very well for Team Russia at the World Junior Championships even though he was pulled in the semifinal against Canada and didn’t start the gold medal game. If Vasilevski decides to play in North America, expect him to develop into a consistent number one goaltender at the next level. Between drafting Vasilevski and trading for Anders Lindback, the Lightning have done a lot to make their goaltending situation look far better for years to come.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 09:40:00 PM

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