Lightning Select Andrei Vasilevski With 19th Overall Pick In 2012 NHL Entry Draft
The Tampa Bay Lightning selected goaltender Andrei Vasilevski with the 19th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tonight, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Vasilevski, 17, played in 27 games for UFA 2 of the Russia-Jr league, posting a 2.23 goals against average and a .931 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. He also played in two playoff games, registering a 2.50 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.
The 6-foot-3, 204-pound goaltender helped Russia capture a Silver Medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships compiling four wins, a 2.01 goals against average and a .953 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. Vasilevski finished the tournament ranked second in wins and save percentage. The 2012 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick, Nail Yakupov, and 12th overall pick, Mikhail Grigorenko, were his World Junior teammates.
The Tyumen, Russia native also helped lead his native country to a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships, registering a 4-2-0 record with a 2.62 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
Central Scouting ranked Vasilevski the top-ranked European goaltender in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.