Prospect of the Week: October 2, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The envelope, please.

The Prospect of the Week for the week ending October 2 is … Andrei Vasilevski, goaltender, Ufa Jr. (MHL - Russia).

Yes, Vasilevski won last week, too. We can’t help it; he’s good.

This past week our top overall prospect in the Lightning organization went 3-0 with a save percentage of .953 and a goals against average barely over one.

On Saturday he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg Jr, then he followed that up the next night with a 3-2 shootout win over the same club. He stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation in overtime, and both shooters he faced in the shootout. Two days later he stopped all but one of 26 shots, beating Astana Jr., 5-1.

As of Tuesday evening, Vasilevski had won 11 of 12 games (the only loss being a 1-0 setback), and 10 of those 11 wins came in regulation. He had a 1.53 GAA and .945 save percentage. He has one shutout on the year.

On Wednesday, Vasilevski had his first off game of the season, letting in four of 19 shots in a 4-3 loss to Astana Jr. Fortunately for him, it came outside of the judging period for our latest Prospect of the Week. A third week in a row may not be in the cards, however.

The 6’3” Russian was the Lightning’s second first round pick in the 2012 draft, taken 19th overall. He projects as a No.1 goaltender at the NHL level with all-star potential.

Previous 2012-2013 Prospect of the Week winners:

September 25, Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa Jr, MHL-Russia