Andrei Vasilevskiy

Max Marko

2017-03-01

Andrei Vasilevskiy - photo courtesy: USA TODAY Sports Images

Andrey Vasilevskiy, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 207

Born: 1994-07-25

Hometown: Tyumen, Russia

Drafted: 2012 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 19th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

February 2017 – With the departure of Ben Bishop to Los Angeles prior to the trade deadline, Vasilevskiy unofficially takes over starting duties in Tampa. With a little pressure from veteran and newcomer Peter Budaj, Vas will likely be allowed a little more leash than he was granted with Bishop hot on his heels. Barring a catastrophic finish to the regular season, he should enter the 2017-18 campaign with a new window of opportunity with a healthy Lightning lineup in-front of him. Brayden Olafson

 

September 2016 – Andrei Vasilevskiy will be backing up Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov for his native Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Camps started at the beginning of the month, which is where Vasilevskiy will need to really impress if he would like to see any ice time. Max Marko

 

September 2016 – Vasilevskiy will challenge Ben Bishop for starts with the Lightning this season after again being put into the fire spelling Bishop from an injury in the playoffs for the second straight year. With expansion uncertainty looming, and salary cap concerns, Vasilevskiy looks more and more like the goalie of the future in Tampa Peter Harling

 

January 2016 – Vasilevskiy's supposed breakout year did not start as planned, as the netminder required surgery to remove a blood clot in September 2015 and missed over two months. Once returning to the Lightning, his play was less than stellar, but has improved of late resulting in a 2.80 GAA and 0.910 SV% in 11 games so far. He has played 10 AHL games on conditioning stints, where he holds a 2.03 GAA and a 0.932 SV%. The talent is still there, and Vasilevskiy will still become a great goalie one day, but his timelime has been slightly delayed and barring an injury to Bishop he will have to wait patiently to prove he is an NHL starter. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2014 After attending Tampa Bay's training camp, Vasilevskiy was assigned to Syracuse(AHL) where he'll battle Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis for starts. Randall Buschmann

 

February 2014 – Vasilevskiy backstopped Russia to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship last month. He finished the tournament with four wins in six games, 1.83 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Vasilevskiy continues to serve as the starting goaltender for UFA Salavat(KHL). He's not only one of the youngest players currently playing in the KHL, but also the youngest starting goaltender in the league. Recently in an interview Pat Verbeek, Tampa Bay's Director of Player Personnel, it was revealed Vasilevskiy is scheduled to cross the pond and play in North America next season, likely starting with Syracuse(AHL). Randall Buschmann

 

December 2013 Russia will turn to goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to help chase gold at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Vasilevskiy is among a small group of goaltenders that will be contenders to win the Top Goaltender honours of the tournament and his experience on the big stage should not be overlooked. In 19 games with Ufa of the KHL, Vasilevskiy has a shining 2.32