Vasilevski, Andrei

KHL Game Day: 9-10-13

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

If you said "Yugra" was going to be the final destination in the "Where In the World is Nikita Gusev?" game, you win the prize. The talented winger played 11:00 in Yugra's 5-1 loss to St. Petersburg in his debut. It's Gusev's third KHL organization in two seasons. Ex-Coyotes first rounder Viktor Tikhonov had a goal in the victory for SKA.

Novgorod 5 vs. Magnitogork 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 22/27, 5.01 GAA, .815 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 5.04 GAA, .836 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk continue to stumble out of the gates. They were collectively waffled 5-0 today by Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had a pair of helpers for Novgorod in their victory.

Dynamo Moscow 4 vs. Ufa 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil had a pair of helpers to lead Dynamo Moscow to a 4-1 win over Ufa. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup in the match.

Dynamo Minsk 2 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .852 sv%

Former Canes farmhand and Springfield Falcon ATO Jacob Macflikier had a goal in Minsk's 2-0 shutout win over Bratislava. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the match.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-13

Kazan 4 vs. Ufa 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SOL, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal, by ex-Jets first rounder Alex Burmistrov, on 3 shooters in Ufa's 4-3 shootout loss to Ak Bars Kazan to drop his first start of the season. Burmistrov also had a pair of helpers in the match.

Podolsk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, ND, 8/11, 14.73 GAA, .727 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.06 GAA, .850 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the hook after just 12:13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 come from behind victory over Podolsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk had a pair of goals in defeat for Podolsk.

Spartak Moscow 5 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 15/20, 5.02 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .852 sv%

Ex-NHLer Deron Quint had 1 goal and 1 assist as Spartak Moscow thumped Slovan Bratislava 5-0. Ex-Lightning prospects Michal Sersen and Vladimir Mihalik were each -1 in the loss.

Dynamo Minsk 1 vs. CSKA 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Alexander Radulov had the primary assist on CSKA's game winning overtime goal in their 2-1 win over Minsk. Nikita Gusev is no longer listed on CSKA's KHL roster and it remains to be seen if he will re-emerge with their VHL side, TCA Tver.

Elsewhere, ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov had his second helper in as many games in Omsk's 5-2 win over Yaroslavl.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-13

Prospect season returns...

Novgorod 2 vs. Ufa 3 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-Flyer Stefan Ruczika had 1 goal and 1 assist for Ufa in their 3-2 shootout win over Novgorod.

Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/29, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .897 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin dropped the season-opening loss of his second stint with perennial Russian power Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a helper on Dynamo's 3rd goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes in the loss for Magnitogorsk. This season will mark the second straight Koshechkin will play with a Kazionov brother. The younger, Denis, played with Koshechkin for Cherepovets last year.

Donetsk 4 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/34, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen was -2 in Bratislava's 4-2 loss to Donetsk. Bratislava's blueline also continues to feature former Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik, who was even in the match.

Zagreb 7 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Somehow, Nikita Gusev has found his way back into the CSKA organization where the forward did not play in their 7-1 loss to Zagreb. The forward had been traded from CSKA to Khabarovsk last season for a 1st round draft pick. Zagreb got 2 goals from ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo and 2 goals and 2 assists from ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce in their KHL premier.

Elsewhere, Denis Kazionov had a helper for Omsk as they were flattened 5-1 by SKA St. Petersburg.

2013 Development Camp: Days 2, 3 and 5

Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.

The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:

2013 Development Camp: Day 1

On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.

"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."

"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."

Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.

"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."

Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:

MHL Playoff Update

Following Ufa's elimination from the KHL playoffs, goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy was returned to Ufa Jr. to appear for the team's junior club in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against Omsk Jr.

The series began on Monday, 3-25-13, with Ufa Jr. dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout. Vasilevskiy stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced in regulation and overtime but was beaten by both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.

Game Two was Tuesday, 3-26-13, and saw Omsk Jr. smoke Ufa Jr. 5-2. Vasilevskiy stopped just 22 of 27 shots in the loss.

Game Three was today, 3-29-13, and unfortunately saw Ufa Jr. eliminated by virtue of a 3-1 Omsk Jr. victory. Vasilevskiy stopped 24 of 27 in the series clinching loss.

Vasilevskiy finished the MHL playoffs with a 0-2-1 mark, 0 shutouts, a 2.85 GAA, and a .897 save percentage. All speculation now turns to the possibility of the talented first rounder signing a contract with the Lightning and possibly beginning his North American pro career next season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-20-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3
Kazan Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a goal as Kazan squeaked by Ufa in a 4-3 Game Seven triumph to advance to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Lightning prospect netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play in the playoffs, and speculation will now turn toward his potential signing with the club. His junior club remains alive in the MHL playoffs, so it is possible he re-joins his former team.

Kazan advances to play Chelyabinsk and the last Lightning prospect survivor in the KHL playoffs, Nikita Nesterov. Game One is slated for Saturday. SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow are facing off in the Western Finals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-18-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 4 vs. (1)Kazan 3 (OT)
Series Tied 3-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel scored 15:50 into the Second Overtime to deliver Ufa a 4-3 Game Six victory over top seeded Kazan. There will be a Game Seven. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov contributed 1 goal and 1 assist in the winning effort for Ufa. Game Seven is Wednesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov scored 9:45 into overtime to deliver Kazan a key 4-3 Game Five win over Ufa. The Kazan captain also had a helper in the match. Ex-Thrashers pick Ilya Nikulin also had a pair of goals in the win for Ak Bars. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Game Six is Monday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 4
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Thrashers pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced in Chelyabinsk's clinching Game Five win over Omsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had 2 assists in the win and Washington first rounder Evgeni Kuznetsov added a goal. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 22 for the loss for Omsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 3 vs. (1)Kazan 5
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a hat trick in Kazan's 5-3 Game Four win over Ufa to tie the series at 2-2. Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. Game Five is Saturday.

(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (2)Omsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 14 of 15 shots against to help Omsk stave off elimination in their 3-1 Game Four win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had Traktor's only goal. Game Five is on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Amur Khabarovsk are competing with the other KHL sides that missed the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the Nadezhda Cup. In 8 games so far, Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev has 1 goal, 3 assist, and 4 points with an even rating and 4 penalty minutes.

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