There has been some movement today in the Bolts Nation in terms of player signings. Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today via the Lightning’s Official Website that the organization has signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year entry-level contract.
This is music to the ears of many of us here in the Bolts Nation.Many fans have been discussing the option of the 6’3” Russian goaltender playing in Syracuse next season.
Lightning Beat Reporter Missy Zielinski tweeted at the end of April that it was Yzerman’s intention to have Vasilevskii playing in North America next season. It looks like this is one of the things the Lightning General Manager can cross of his list.
This season, the Tyumen, Russia native played in 28 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League this season. In that time, he went 14-8-5 earning himself a Goals Allowed Average of 2.21 and a Save Percentage of .923. In the post season, he would play another 18 games with Ufa, with a GAA of 1.99 and a Save Percentage of .934.
At this particular point and time, they made no mention of exactly where Vasilevskii would be playing next season; however, if I had to venture an educated guess, I can see him securing the space between the pipes with the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, next season.
What do you think, ladies and gentlemen? Where would you like to see Vasilevsii end up next season? What kind of an impact do you think he could have on the grand scheme of things here in the Bolts Nation? Let us know what you think in the comments below.