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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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The Tampa Bay Lightning won't rush prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy's development.
Vasilevskiy was the Lightning's first round pick (19th overall) in 2012. The 20-year-old has started four games for the Lightning this season because of injuries to Ben Bishop. Vasilevskiy has played very well in his starts, which is why some people would like to see him on the Lightning's roster on a full-time basis. Tampa Bay is probably doing the right thing by keeping their young goaltender in the AHL right now. He is one of the best goaltending prospects in hockey right now. Jan 4 - 10:47 AM

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Andrei Vasilevskiy has been returned to the minors.

He was summoned from the minors to start Wednesday's game versus Buffalo. Vasilevskiy stopped just 10 shots in a 5-1 victory. He has three wins, a .937 save percentage and a 1.76 GAA in four appearances with the Lightning.
Jan 1 - 6:23 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 10-11 shots Buffalo sent his way in Tampa's 5-1 win on Wednesday night.

Vasilevskiy might've had the shutout had Tyler Ennis' shot not taken a fortunate bounce off Victor Hedman's stick. Vasy saw four shots in the first, six in the second, and just one in the third. One wonders if he even broke a sweat.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 09:11:00 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in Wednesday's game against Buffalo.

Vasilevskiy was called up for this contest because of Buffalo's proximity to AHL Syracuse, so it's not surprising that the Lightning decided to give him the nod. He has a 2.01 GAA and .940 save percentage in three games with Tampa Bay in 2014-15.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

That would typically be an indication that one of the Lightning's other goaltenders are hurt, but that might not be the case. Vasilevskiy normally plays for AHL Syracuse, which is within driving distance of Tampa Bay's game in Buffalo on Wednesday. It's possible that he was brought up to make the start on Wednesday or at least practice with the NHL club and then be returned to the minors. Either way, this situation is worth keeping an eye on.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:22:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 04:43:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 12:12:00 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.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:59:00 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.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 09:54:00 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.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:53:00 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
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 05:20:00 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.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:30:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 09:46:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 06:35:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Brett Connolly
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Andrej Sustr
7Mark Barberio
8Nikita Nesterov
9Mattias Ohlund
10Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov