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Prospect Performer of the Week: Andrey Vasilevskiy

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 9:26 PM / Features
By Michelle Holden  - TampaBayLightning.com Contributor

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and goaltender for Team Russia in the 2014 World Junior Championships, Andrey Vasilevskiy, handled Team Canada and fellow top prospect Jonathan Drouin, in a 2-1 victory to win the bronze medal Sunday.

Team Canada's single goal came off the left skate of Joshua Morrisey, a Winnipeg Jets' draft pick, which was then reviewed and upheld. Vasilevskiy held Team Canada scoreless through the remainder of the game, totaling 30 saves on the night and ending Team Canada's medal hopes. It was the second straight year that Canada failed to medal at the hands of Russia, who now owns a 6-0 record in bronze-medal games.

In six games at the 2014 World Junior Championships Vasilevskiy, 19, went 4-2 with a 1.83 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. In a combined three World Junior tournaments, Vasilevskiy is 10-4 with a 1.89 goals-against average, .946 save percentage, three shutouts and three medals in 15 games.

Currently playing with Ufa Salavat Yulaev of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Vasilevskiy has posted a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 19 games. He finished the 2012-13 season with Tolpar Ufa of the Minor Hockey League (MHL) with the league's top save percentage (.930) and goals-against (1.93) average and was 17-6 in 27 regular season games.

Drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Vasilevskiy's current KHL contract expires at the end of the season and he will then be eligible to play in North America.