2013 NHL Entry Draft: 5th Round, 124th Overall
Name: Kristers Gudlevskis
Weight: 189 lbs
Club: Riga (RUS)
The Lightning go with an overage, 20 year old goaltender out of Latvia. Is it a move to address goaltending in Syracuse next season?
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.
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.