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Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy Improves at Prospect Camp

July 12th, 2013 at 12:23 PM
By Kyerstin Hill

During the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp, Russian goalie Andrey Vasilevskly showed immense improvement. After the conclusion of camp on Wednesday, Vasilevskly finished three-by-three play with 110  saves on 127 shots equaling an .866 save percentage, which was the best among the four potential goalies at the Lightning camp. 

Before being selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning, Vasilevskiy was selected in the first round of the 2011 KHL Junior Draft by Salavat Yulaev Ufa for the 2012-2013 season. During the past season in the KHL, he had a .924 save percentage and proved that he has future potential in the NHL

When asked about his performance at camp, 18-year-old Vasilevskly claimed his performance was "so-so," however, goaltending coach, Frantz Jean had something different to say. 

"Three-on-three, the puck never leaves the zone, so every shot is a scoring chance. You always look for your guys on scoring chances to be .800 or .850 (save percentage). So if he's higher than .850, he's had a good tournament."

Jean also announced that Vasilevskiy's experience in the KHL has definitely led to improvements. Vasilevskly is considered the top goaltending prospect not on an NHL roster and will likely play for the Ufa in Europe's Kontinental Hockey League for this upcoming season before coming to North America in 2014.


Tags: Andrey Vasilevskly, Hockey, KHL, NHL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Lightning

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