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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 has been returned to AHL Syracuse.
He was up with the Lightning on an emergency recall, but Ben Bishop is poised to return to the lineup on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was impressive in three appearances with Tampa Bay. He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. Dec 24 - 4:43 PM

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Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his second career victory on Tuesday as he stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Although Ben Bishop is nearing a return to the Tampa Bay lineup, Vasilevskiy is proving that he's capable of handling the load for an NHL team thanks to a 2-1-0 record in three starts. Look for the young Russian to return to the minors once Bishop is deemed fit to play.
Dec 24 - 12:12 AM

As expected, Andrei Vasilevskiy will play against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

He was the first goaltender off the ice in the morning. Vasilevskiy has looked good in his previous two outings, but he'll probably be back in the minors soon because Ben Bishop is close to returning from a lower-body injury.
Dec 23 - 12:59 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to get the nod Tuesday against the Penguins.

The young netminder made 45 saves on Saturday against the Islanders, though the Bolts still lost 3-1.
Dec 22 - 9:54 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy did his best to singlehandedly backstop the Lightning to at least a point, but his 45 saves weren’t enough in the 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.

The Lightning were lucky this was even a game in the third period as the Islanders thoroughly dominated them, finishing with 47 shots, compared to 21 for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy was perfect until 16:51 of the third period, and he ended up giving two goals in 12 seconds. It appears that Ben Bishop is close to returning to the lineup, but Vasilevskiy has certainly made a case to be used as a backup if Evgeni Nabokov continues to struggle. He has a 1.51 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in two games this season.
Dec 20 - 9:53 PM

Confirming an earlier report, Andrei Vasilevskiy will indeed get the nod Saturday night on Long Island.

In 14 games with Tampa's AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, Vasilevskiy has allowed just 33 goals. Good for a 2.34 GAA and owns a .918 save percentage.
Source: Joe Smith
Dec 20 - 5:20 PM

Look for Andrei Vasilevskiy to start in goal against the Islanders Saturday.

Thirty-nine year old Evgeni Nabokov was in goal for the Bolts' 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey Friday night and it is not likely that Tampa coach Jon Cooper will turn back to him in the second of back-to-back games. Vasilevskiy won his first NHL start Tuesday against Philadelphia Tuesday night 3-1 stopping 23 shots. Ben Bishop (lower-body injury) should be ready to return to action either Tuesday or just after the Christmas break.
Dec 20 - 11:30 AM

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy enjoyed a solid NHL debut Tuesday as he stopped 23 of 24 shots to backstop the Lightning to a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.

The injury sustained by Ben Bishop is not thought to be a serious one, but it's quite reasonable to think Vasilevskiy will receive most of the playing time in his absence, as Evgeni Nabokov has done very little to instill confidence this season. The young Russian is worth a short-term add in goalie-desperate leagues.
Dec 16 - 9:46 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy is projected to start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't tip his hand Tuesday afternoon, but Vasilevskiy was the first goaltender on the ice for the pregame warmups. If he does start, it will be his NHL debut. Vasilevskiy is a very highly regarded prospect, but he's only filling in for Ben Bishop, who is sidelined with what's believed to be a minor lower-body injury. With that in mind, Vasilevskiy's NHL stint will probably be brief even if he excels in Tuesday's contest.
Dec 16 - 6:35 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been summoned from the minors by Tampa Bay.

Evgeni Nabokov will get the nod for the Lightning on Tuesday, but Vasilevskiy could make his NHL debut on Friday or Saturday if Ben Bishop remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Dec 16 - 10:40 AM

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

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

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G1Ben Bishop
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