Bolts Ink Goalie Prospect Vasilevskii

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vasilevskii, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, played in 28 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League this season, posting a 14-8 record with three shutouts, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He led all Ufa goaltenders for games played, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Vasilevskii also led his team to the semi-finals of the KHL playoffs in 2014, posting a 9-9 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout. He ranked tied for fourth in the KHL during the playoffs for save percentage and eighth for goals-against average.

The native of Tyumen, Russia made his KHL debut last season, playing in eight games for Salavat Yulaev. He went 4-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. In all, Vasilevskii has appeared in 36 KHL games, with an 18-9 record, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage with four shutouts. Prior to joining Salavat Yulaev, he played for their junior team, Tolpar Ufa, in the MHL.

Vasilevskii has shined on the international stage with Russia, appearing in each of the previous three IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships. He won the Silver Medal in 2012 as well as Bronze Medals in 2014 and 2013. Vasilevskii was voted by participating coaches as one of Russia’s top three players in each of the tournaments he has played in. He also participated in the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships where he won the Bronze Medal.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 1-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

For the second straight game, the OHL Finals went to overtime, but this time North Bay came out on top, beating Guelph, 4-3, to even the series at one game apiece. North Bay outshot the league’s top team, 41-24, including 30-13 over the final three periods of play. Dylan Blujus had a power play assist for North Bay, cutting Guelph's early 2-0 lead to 2-1. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow (free agent) scored the game winner. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-1-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 1-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph’s Jason Dickinson (Stars first rounder) scored his sixth goal of the playoffs in the first minute of overtime on Thursday, lifting the Storm to a 3-2 win over North Bay in Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Dylan Blujus was not on the ice for the overtime winner against, but did take a minus on Guelph’s tying goal, scored with eight minutes left in regulation. The win snapped North Bay’s six-game winning streak. Game 2 is Friday night in Guelph.

Report: Vasilevskiy Coming to North America

Igor Eronko of Sports.ru's hockey department tweeted this morning that prized Lightning prospect goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy has decided to leave Salavat Ufa of the KHL and sign with Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have not announced the signing.

Vasilevskiy, who led Salavat to the KHL semifinals, was under contract in the KHL until the end of April. With the turn of the calendar page, he was eligible to sign with the Lightning and come to North America. Reports surfaced during the KHL playoffs that Salavat was going to offer the 2012 19th overall pick a hefty deal to remain in Russia for at least one more year. At the time of the reports, Vasilevskiy said he wasn't going to discuss his options until after the KHL playoffs were over.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs win best-of-7 semifinal series, 4-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 10 SOG, 12/20 FO
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 13-28-41, +9, 18 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Maxime Pressault scored his first goal of the playoffs 13 minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Foreurs to the QMJHL Finals with a Game 7 win. Halifax outshot their opponent, 41-16, including 17-3 in the third period, but they couldn’t beat VDO goalie Antoine Bibeau (Leafs). Halifax scored both of their goals in the first period when they had a 2-1 lead entering the second.

This will end the junior career of Jonathan Drouin, barring some greatly unforeseen circumstances in which he wouldn’t make the Lightning next fall. Drouin’s junior career goes down as one of the best in recent memory as he accumulated 344 points in 178 regular season and playoff games, won dozens of awards, and set multiple records. He ended his career with 77 points in his last 28 games.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-28-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7
Best-of-7 semifinal series tied, 3-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, -1, 4 PIM, 0 Hits, 6 SOG, 8/23 FO
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 13-27-41, +8, 16 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

With a chance to close out the series in Val-d’Or, Halifax got down 4-0 in the first period, and 6-1 by the early third period before trying to mount a comeback. Despite four third period goals by the Mooseheads, the Foreurs held on to force Game 7 in Halifax on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Drouin had three assists in the loss.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-28-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(3)Praha 5 vs. (1)Magnitogorsk 4 (OT)
Series Tied at 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 27/32, 4.70 GAA, .844 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 15-5-0, 2 SO, 1.88 GAA, .936 sv%

So close, and yet so far for Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk. Mikko Maenpaa scored for Praha with just 2:21 left in regulation and former Thrashers draft pick Nathan Oystrick tallied 3:53 into Overtime as Lev Praha stunned Magnitogorsk 5-4 in Game Six to even up the series. There will be a Game Seven. 4 of Praha's 5 goals came from defensemen while Magnitogorsk got 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat from former Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (OT)
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 3-2

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 5 SOG, 21/34 FO
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 13-24-38, +9, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax won its third straight game in the series to take a 3-2 lead over the Foreurs. The Mooseheads got a goal by Maxime Fortier, his first of the playoffs, in the first overtime to claim the win. Halifax outshot Val-d’Or, 28-8 over the last two periods of regulation, but the Foreurs outscored the Mooseheads, 3-2, during that time. Jonathan Drouin did not register a point for the first time in 26 games. He had 75 points in those 26 games. Game 6 of the series is Monday in Val-d’Or.

OHL Note: Dylan Blujus and North Bay will play West champion Guelph in the OHL Finals, starting on Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-26-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (3)Praha 1 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/36, 0.87 GAA, .972 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 15-4-0, 2 SO, 1.73 GAA, .941 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 8:43 into Overtime with his second goal of the game to deliver Magnitogorsk the critical 2-1 Game Five win over Praha in their Gagarin Cup Finals. Mozyakin appears to be closing in on being named the playoffs MVP, although his teammate Koshechkin may have something to say about that, while his linemates Danis Zaripov and Jan Kovar each had 2 assists in the game, as well. It should be noted the goaltending of Vasily Koshechkin allowed Magnitogorsk to overcome a 36-25 shot deficit in the game. Ex-Kings pick Justin Azevedo had Praha's only goal. Game Six is Monday and Magnitogorsk will get their first of two cracks to hoist the Gagarin Cup.

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