At 6'6", Koshechkin is easily the biggest goaltender playing in Russia and he plays his angles well and covers a lot of the net. Unlike former Lightning netminder Sean Burke, however, Koshechkin plays a quick butterfly style and is very difficult to score on in close when he gets his long pad legs down on the ice. He has good puck control for a goaltender his age.
Lada plays the trap, so Koshechkin only faces 20-25 shots on many nights, so there is some question how he will handle more of a work load. Because he's been a backup for much of his career, he's relatively inexperienced for his age although he hasn't shown it this year. Like many of his fellow Lightning goaltending prospects he needs to work on his puckhandling skills.
Bolt Prospects' staff has been monitoring Koshechkin since he was drafted in 2002 and, because he has always played well when he has gotten playing time, he's always been the darkhorse of Lightning goaltending prospects. In 2005-2006 he stepped out of the shadows and thrown his hat squarely into the middle of the ring in the pursuit of the title of the Lightning's goaltender of the future. It's always difficult to project how any European will adjust to the smaller rinks and greater speed and traffic of the North American game, but Koshechkin certainly has the look of a potential NHL starter. The key is for the Lightning to get Vasily to North America and into their developmental apparatus in Norfolk. Only then will the true extent of Koshechkin's upside really be known.
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