TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez) to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gudlevskis, 6-3, 205 pounds, was recalled on January 31 and did not dress for Tampa Bay's game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon, a 2-1 overtime win. He is tied for the Crunch lead for games played with 21 in his first season in North America. His four shutouts lead Syracuse and are tied for the AHL lead. Gudlevskis has assembled a 10-8-2 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage. He began the season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, posting a 7-4-0 record with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 11 games.
A native of Aizkraukle, Latvia, Gudlevskis was selected to represent his native country in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He played in four games during the 2013 IIHF World Championships, posting a 2-2-0 record with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Gudlevskis, 21, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.