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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Andrei Vasilevski

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.

Position: Goalie
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 204 pounds
Catches: Right
Born: July 25, 1994
Born in: Russia
Played the 2011-12 season with: Tolpar UFA (Minor Hockey League)

201-11 UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 14 1.81 3 .937
2011-12 UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 27 2.23 3 .931

NHL Central Scouting: No. 1 among European Goalies
The Hockey News: No. 21
International Scouting Services: No. 3 among goalies
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 23
Red Line Report: No. 10
TSN: No. 15

NHL Comparison: Carey Price
NHL Potential: “Has the size, mental approach and skill to be a solid No. 1 goaltender at some juncture.” – Grant McCagg, TSN

Goalie Andrei Vasilevski burst onto teams’ radars at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships as he led Russia to a fourth place finish – as a 15-year-old. Ever since, Vasilevski has shined during international play for Team Russia. The netminder propelled the Russians to a bronze medal at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, posting a 4-2 record to go along with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .936 save-percentage. Recently, Vasilevski’s play helped Team Russia capture the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship after finishing the tournament with four wins, two shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average and a .953 save-percentage. The big Russian’s .953 save-percentage and four wins were second best among goaltenders at the end of the tournament. One scout raved about Vasilevski’s already mature game to The Hockey News, stating that he hadn’t “seen a Russian guy come along who’s been as good a goalie as he has been.”

"An extremely tall and agile goalie for his size, his net coverage and ability to push off are one of the best in the draft. The manner in which he can spring up and down into the butterfly and then recover makes him very difficult to beat … He is very efficient in dealing with rebounds, as he calmly shovels them aside. He's aggressive in his positioning, reducing angles by coming well out of the blue paint to challenge … His body of work this season, coupled with his raw ability makes him one of the best goalies available."
-McKeen’s Hockey

Vasilevski helped Russia capture silver at the 2012 World Junior Championship -- he finished the tournament ranked second in wins and save-percentage. Fellow 2012 Draft prospects Nail Yakupov (No. 1 ranked North American skater) and Mikhail Grigorenko (No. 3 ranked North American skater) were his World Junior teammates.

He helped lead Russia to a bronze medal at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .936 save-percentage.

Vasilevski first played for Russia at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship at the age of 15, posting a 2.65 goals-against average, .896 save-percentage and one shutout to help Russia to a fourth place finish.

His father was a goalie in Russia and has helped his son follow in his footsteps.

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