* U18 WJC Bronze Medal
* U20 WJC Silver Medal
Vasilevskiy is a product of the Tolpar Ufa system, where after playing in the lower junior ranks he was selected to Russia's 2010 U18 World Junior Championships team. He posted a 2.65 GAA and .897 save percentage in the tournament, but Russia did not medal.
In 2010-2011, Vasilevskiy took over as the co-starter for Ufa's MHL team, posting a 1.81 GAA and .937 save percentage in 14 games. Won bronze with the Russians at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championships after posting a 2.62 GAA and .936 save percentage in 6 games. At the conclusion of the season, he was drafted by parent club Ufa with their 1st round pick, 7th overall, in the KHL Draft.
Became the full-time starter for Ufa's MHL team and shined with a 2.23 GAA and .923 save percentage in 27 games. Named the starter for Russia's U20 World Junior Championship team despite being underage and performed well with a 2.01 GAA and .953 save percentage in 5 games, although he was pulled in Russia's upset win over Canada. Russia went on to win Silver in the tournament. Later selected for a third U18 World Junior Championships. Russia did not medal, but Vasilevskiy had a solid 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 5 games. Finished the season ranked the #1 European goaltender by the NHL Central Scouting Service and was selected in the 1st round, 19th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Vasilevskiy has a big frame and covers the net really well. Impressive mobility and quickness. A technically skilled goaltender as well. Consistent." (EP 2012)
"That rare netminder who is a game-changer. Huge and highly athletic for his size. Stunningly calm under huge pressure - underage goalies who excel at World Juniors are unheard of. Plays with an economy of motion - lets the play come to him. Impossible to beat down low with long legs that cover post-to-post. Terrific using pads to angle shots to corners. Gets great lateral push off either skate. Tough to beat up high even when down in butterfly - has the presence to keep his shoulders up and take away top corners. Has quick feet, a crisp glove, excellent flexibility, and is good on rebound control. Recovers quickly to get into position for second chances. Strong pads with holding the post to prevent opposition from wrap-arounds. Gets back to deep in net and loses his angles - needs to stay at top of crease. Poor puckhandler around net - shouldn't even attempt it.
Projection: #1 goalie for a playoff caliber club.
Style compares to: Carey Price" (Red Line Report)
"Andrei plays with a combination of skill, sense and poise. There doesn't seem to be any situation in the game that rattles him. His size makes him imposing but his ability to read the play and move to advantageous position can intimidate shooters. He is an excellent skater; agility, side-to-side mobility, quickness and strength in his legs allows him to meet the challenges that all goaltenders face. He does not show you a repeated style but will react to the situation and play it accordingly which is another challenge for shooters in trying to get the better of him. Technically, he is sound and doesn't lose positioning when he moves and he has the ability to arrive at the spot to make save in good position, not a vulnerable one. He reads the play so well and has excellent skill and he moves with an economy that makes it appear effortless but it begins with excellent mental focus and allows him to remain a 'step ahead' of the play. He is dependable, consistent and timely which are important traits of successful goaltenders." (Craig Button, TSN)
Big, quick, and athletic, but also very calm in nets with an economy of movement. Good glove hand and excellent rebound control for such a young player.
Like many young goaltenders, can tend to play too deep in his crease. Not a strong puckhandler. Developmental situation in Russia is questionable and will always be a flight risk to the KHL whenever he does come to North America, ie "the Russian factor." Latest reports state he plans on coming to North America for the 2013-2014 season. OHL Mississauga holds his junior rights, though he could play in the AHL if the Lightning so desire.
|Russia U18||Hlinka Memorial||4||3.14||.906||||
|2012-2013||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||8||2.22||.924|||||Playoffs||0||-||-|
|Russian Selects||Jr Super Series||3||3.01||.904||||
|2013-2014||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||KHL||28||2.21||.923|||||Playoffs||18||1.99||.934|
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