Gudlevskis, Kristers

AHL Game Night: 11-6-13 Crunch at Penguins

The Lightning organization goes as deep as the ECHL.

SYR-4
WBS-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 26 shots (including a rare OT penalty shot) before stopping all 4 he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Since coming up from the Everblades for an injured Riku Helenius, Gudlevskis has put up a very respectable 3-0-0 record with 1 shutout, a 2.21 GAA, and a .914 sv%.

First Period
SYR Gauthier, (1) , 4:44
WBS Zolnierczyk, (6) (Sill, Despres), 12:39
SYR Nesterov, (2) (Kucherov, Namestnikov), 14:31 (PP)

Second Period
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Letourneau-Leblond, Harrington), 13:56

Third Period
WBS Ebbett, (5) (D'Agostino, Dumoulin), 12:47
SYR Rankin, (4) (Cote, Gauthier), 15:38

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Richard, Kucherov
WBS- NONE

Nikita Kucherov and Danick Gauthier were the game's first and third stars. Gauthier always amazes me with his ability to chip in despite always seemingly being on the fringe between the ECHL and AHL. This was Danick's second game up from the Coast and, as usual, he found a way to contribute. Depth is a wonderful thing.

Syracuse heads back to familiar territory Friday and Saturday to play Norfolk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-1-13 Americans at Crunch

The 'ovs spur an amazing Crunch comeback.

RCH-4
SYR-5 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 33 shots in regulation and OT before stopping 4 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the win.

First Period
RCH Adam, (8) (McNabb, Sulzer), 3:25 (PP)
SYR Kucherov, (9) (Brown, Korobov), 3:58
RCH Tardif, (2) (Varone, McNabb), 9:13 (PP)
RCH McNabb, (2) (Varone, Bagnall), 14:21

Second Period
RCH Sundher, (2) (Tardif, McNabb), 6:53
SYR Kucherov, (10) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 7:52

Third Period
SYR Nesterov, (1) (Namestnikov, Kucherov), 12:38 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Kucherov, Nesterov), 17:23 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
RCH- Jacobs
SYR- Kucherov, Paquette

Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and second stars. As of this moment, Kucherov is 1 back of the AHL lead in points and up by 2 for the league lead in goals. Namestnikov had quietly snuck into a tie for 3rd in the AHL in scoring and, along with Kucherov, is tied with many others for 7th in the league in helpers. Nikita Nesterov also chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist and now has 1 goal and 6 points in his first 9 pro games in North America.

It took a while for the team to adjust to having J.P. Cote and Brett Connolly not in the lineup, but they continue to have an unstoppable power play and a top line that always gives them a puncher's chance in any situation. They'll head to Binghamton to play the Senators tomorrow night having now climbed to 5th in the Eastern Conference with their 5 game winning streak. Think what'll happen if they ever find consistency in the back and/or something resembling second line scoring.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-26-13 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Toothless Tigers defanged by kid Gudlevskis.

BRI-0
SYR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 22 shots he faced to get the shutout in his AHL debut.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Cote, (1) (Tyrell), 0:49
SYR Namestnikov, (4) (Kucherov, Nesterov), 2:51
SYR Taormina, (2) (Brown, Kucherov), 15:17 (PP)
SYR Rankin, (2) (Witkowski, Korobov), 16:49
SYR Paquette, (3) (Cote, Witkowski), 19:56 (SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vladislav Namestnikov, Gudlevskis, and J.P. Cote were the game's three stars. Namestnikov with a highlight goal scoring from his knees. Nikita Kucherov now tied for 5th in the AHL in scoring, 7 back of the leader Travis Morin of Texas.

Syracuse moves on to face Albany on Wednesday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 10-19-2013

Florida Everblades 4 @ Orlando Solar Bears 2

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG, 7 PIM (slashing, fightning)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 5 SOG, 9 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 2.00 GAA, 12 S / 14 SA (.857 SV%)
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +3, 0 SOG, 7 PIM (elbowing, fighting)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 1 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 1 SOG, 0 PIM

A four-goal outburst in the 3rd period lifted Florida out of a 2-0 hole and doomed host Orlando on Saturday night. The rally secured back-to-back wins for Kristers Gudlevskis, the Lightning's 2013 5th-rounder, in what was his first set of games as a pro in North America. Dan Gauthier, who had a goal and an assist in the season opener, was held scoreless, as was Charles Landry, who's still looking to register his first point of the season, but both made a dent on the game sheet by finishing a combined +5 with 14 penalty minues as Gauthier and Landry each participated in the only two fights of the contest. The Everblades limited the Solar Bears to just 14 shots on goal and just 6 over the final two periods while posting 29 of their own, with 15 coming during the comeback effort in the final frame. Florida (2-0-0, 4 PTS) will begin its pending four-game road trip on Friday against Ontario (1-0-0, 2 PTS), which has a mid-week tilt with Stockton on the docket.

Official Recap | Box Score

ECHL Game Night 10-19-13

Florida Everblades 4 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 1

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 1-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

In his North American pro debut, recent draftee Kristers Gudlevskis steered aside all but one of twenty-one shots he faced in backstopping Florida to a sound decision in its seasons opener at home over divisional rival Orlando. It took a point shot that got through past numbers in the net front to spoil Gudlevskis' shutout bid. Fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (1 G, 1 A) as well as Maxime Langelier-Parent (1 G) and Carl Nielsen (1 A), both having contracts with and on assignment from AHL Syracuse, chipped in offensively. Florida (1-0-0, 2 PTS) and Orlando (0-1-0, 0 PTS) will square off again Saturday night in Orlando.

Official Recap | Box Score

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-18-13 Blues at Lightning

Erne gives the Lightning something to look forward to.

STL-3
TB-4 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis will get the win for the Lightning allowing 1 goal in regulation after spelling Cedrick Desjardins.

Adam Erne led the way with 2 power play goals. Tom Pyatt chipped in the other Lightning goal. Erne and Lightning newcomer Valterri Filppula scored in the shootout to put the club over the top in its comeback bid.

While it's unlikely Erne will make the NHL team out of camp, he gives Lightning fans hope that they have a steal of a power forward in the 2013 second round pick.

Game recap from NHL.com.

2013 Development Camp: Day 1

On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.

"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."

"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."

Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.

"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."

Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:

Kristers Gudlevskis

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Goaltender
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
205
Born: 
07/31/1992
Age: 
24
Hometown: 
Aizkraukle, LAT
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 5 (#124) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
New York Islanders (NHL)
Projects As: 
Depth goalie

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2013
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
5
Pick No.: 
124
Draft Team: 
HK Riga (MHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
07/02/2016
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$575 000
Contract Start Year: 
2016
Contract End Year: 
2017
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$575 000

Bio

Comment: 
Becomes restricted free agent on July 1, 2017; arbitration eligible; may elect to return to Europe to play
Awards: 

2010-11

  • MHL All-Star Game
  • U20 WJC (D1|A) Gold Medal


2011-12

  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team


2012-13

  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Good size is always at a premium between the pipes, and Gudlevskis is aggressive positionally at cutting down angles and hard to beat in close. Gudlevskis also already has a lot on international experience for Latvia at the tender age of 20 with appearances in the U18, U20, and Men's World Championships for his country.

Weaknesses: 

Prone to allow the occasional soft goal and can be beaten from distance. Playing in the Russian league is not the ideal developmental situation for young goaltenders, so getting him into the AHL is important.

Projection: 

Depth goaltender

Comparison:
Devan Dubnyk

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2009-2010 HK OgreLatvia9 6.12 -|      
  Ozolnieki/JuniorsBelarus231 - -|      
  Latvia U18WJC-186 5.13 .856|      
 2010-2011 HK RigaMHL49 2.20 .920|Playoffs3 4.15 .862
  Latvia U20WJC-20 D11 1.00 .941|      
  Latvia U20 (all)International-Jr3 - -|      
 2011-2012 HK RigaJCWC1 0.00 1.000|      
  HK RigaMHL40 2.39 .918|Playoffs4 3.50 .896
  Latvia U20WJC-205 5.15 .865|      
  Latvia U20 (all)International-Jr5 - -|      
  Latvia (all)International0 - -|      
 2012-2013 Dinamo RigaKHL2 2.20 .921|      
  HK RigaMHL56 2.09 .927|Playoffs3 7.40 .747
  HK Juniors RīgaMHL B2 3.00 .913|      
  HK Juniors RīgaLatvia0 - -|Playoffs1 1.02 -
  HK RigaJCWC3 2.60 .896|      
  LatviaWC4 2.22 .925|      
  Latvia (all)International7 2.12 -|      
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL1 2.00 .947|Playoffs2 3.00 .900
  Syracuse CrunchAHL34 2.68 .901|      
  Florida EverbladesECHL11 1.83 .925|      
  LatviaOG2 3.53 .920|      
  LatviaWC4 3.79 .891|      
  Latvia (all)International7 3.17 -|      
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL46 2.81 .900|Playoffs3 4.97 .833
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL1 1.00 .969|      
  Syracuse CrunchAHL41 2.83 .907|      
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL1 0.00 1.000|      
  Syracuse CrunchAHL37 2.65 .897|Playoffs1 0.00 1.000
  LatviaOGQ2 2.04 .923|      
  Latvia (all)International3 2.02 -|      
 2017-2018 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL11 2.92 .892|      

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