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Lightning sign Vasilevskii to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

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Lightning sign Vasilevskii to entry-level contract
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year entry-level contract.

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Selected by the Lightning in first round (No. 19) of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound, 19-year-old went 14-8 with a 2.21 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and three shutouts in 28 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League. He helped them reach the semifinals of the KHL playoffs, going 9-9 with a 1.99 GAA, a .934 save percentage and one shutout.

A native of Tyumen, Russia, Vasilevskii made his KHL debut last season playing eight games for Salavat Yulaev and is 18-9 with a 2.21 GAA, .923 save percentage and four shutouts in 36 KHL games. Prior to joining Salavat Yulaev, Vasilevskii played for their junior team, Tolpar Ufa, in the MHL.

Vasilevskii has appeared in three IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2012 and bronze medals in 2013 and '14. He won a bronze in the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

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