Last season we introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on the ice.
While Cory Conacher won nearly every AHL award in which he was eligible last year, plus a Calder Cup, we’re fairly certain he’s got a printed copy of his Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week write-ups stashed in his hockey bag to remind him what can come from dedication and hard work. In the paraphrased words of Ron Burgundy, we don’t know how to put this, but this award is a kind of a big deal.
Now, whether or not the award smells of rich mahogany is up for debate, but we like it regardless.
At any rate, this week’s BP Prospect of the Week award – the first of the season – goes to … Andrei Vasilevski, goaltender, Ufa Jr. (MHL - Russia).
When I miss one of Vasilevski's starts, I get punished by having to back-calculate his GAA and save percentage after the previous game...
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Perm Jr. 4 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 21/25, 4.00 GAA, .840 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 1 SO, 1.67 GAA, .940 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski snapped his season high 1 game losing streak (tongue lodged firmly in cheek) in Ufa Jr.'s 5-4 win over Perm Jr. Vasilevski saw his season opening 7 game winning streak snapped in his previous start.
Perm Jr. 1 vs. Ufa Jr. 3
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 9-1-0, 1 SO, 1.60 GAA, .943 sv%
Andrei Vasilevski stopped 26 in Ufa Jr.'s 3-1 win over Perm Jr. Vasilevski off to his second longest winning streak of the season (tongue lodged firmly in cheek). Ufa Jr. faces Ekaterinburg Jr. next on Saturday.
Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Cherepovets 5
No box score has been published as of this posting.
Cherepovets will face Khabarovsk next on Saturday.
Kazan 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Nikita Nesterov (pictured) played for the first time in over a week in Chelyabinsk's 6-2 loss to Kazan. The action was Nesterov's first in the KHL this year. He played 13:58 in the match. Chelyabinsk plays Nizhnekamsk next on Saturday.
CSKA 1 vs. Astana 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev was demoted by CSKA to the MHL prior to their 3-1 loss to Astana. CSKA's KHL side gets Khanty-Mansiysk on Saturday. CSKA's MHL team faces Spartak Jr. on Friday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 1 vs. Ufa Jr. 0
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 17/18, 1.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 1 SO, 1.38 GAA, .952 sv%
When I said yesterday that teams have no chance if they only get 18 shots on Andrei Vasilevski, I forgot to post the caveat that they might have a chance if they allow only 12 shots and shut the team in front of Vasilevski out. That happened today as he fell for the first time this season 1-0 to Nizhnekamsk Jr. The winning goal was scored with just 7 seconds left in regulation, no less. Amazing stuff, even in defeat. Ufa Jr. draws Perm Jr. next on Saturday.
AIK 3 vs. Brynas 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
Despite a season high 4 shots on goal, Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 4-3 overtime winner for AIK. The power forward played on Brynas' second line in the match. Brynas draws Linkopings next on Saturday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Nizhnekamsk Jr. 0 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, SO, 18/18, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 7-0-0, 1 SO, 1.43 GAA, .952 sv%
If all you manage is 18 shots on goal against Andrei Vasilevski, you probably have no prayer. Nizhnekamsk Jr. learned that lesson the hard way, as they were shutout by Ufa Jr. and the Lightning first rounder 5-0. Vasilevski improves to a lucky 7-0-0 on the season. The two teams rematch on Thursday.
HV 71 2 vs. Brynas 1 (OT)
Johan Harju, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
Johan Harju was scoreless and took a minor for interference for Brynas in their 2-1 overtime loss to HV 71. Ex-Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 shots in defeat for Brynas. Brynas faces AIK next on Wednesday.
Cherepovets 2 vs. Praha 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, SO Loss, 26/28, 1.85 GAA, .929 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-3-1, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .928 sv%
Despite a pair of helpers from former NHLer Niklas Bergfors, Cherepovets fell in the shootout 3-2 to Lev Praha. Cherepovets goaltender Vasily Koshechkin went 2 out of 3 in the penalty shot session for the loss. Cherepovets is off until Thursday when they'll play Novokuznetsk.
Chekhov 0 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-1, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%
Jaroslav Janus (pictured) recorded his first career KHL shutout, stopping 23 in Bratislava's 3-0 blanking of Chekhov. Ex-Lightning defenseman Josef Boumedienne had a helper in the match. Slovan faces St. Petersburg next on Monday.
Dynamo Minsk 3 vs. CSKA 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless and -1 in 8:49 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Minsk. CSKA faces Chekhov on Monday.
MHL (Russia Jr.):
Ufa Jr. 3 vs. Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 0 SO, 1.67 GAA, .948 sv%
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Death, taxes, Vasilevski. Nikita Nesterov was again out of the lineup for Chelyabinsk Jr. They'll face Orenburg on Monday while Ufa Jr. draws Berdsk on Wednesday.