It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s organization might feature one of the top goaltending prospects next season. Andrei Vasilevski, 19, has decided to leave the KHL’s Ufa Salavat Yulayev, freeing him up to make his North American debut next season, according to Sports.ru’s Igor Eronko.
Vasilevski had a 2.24 GAA and .928 save percentage in 14 KHL contests last season. He also led Russia to a bronze medal in the 2014 World Junior Championship by posting a 1.83 GAA and .933 save percentage in six games.
He was taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Ben Bishop is obviously a lock for the starting job in Tampa Bay after his breakout campaign that earned him a Vezina Trophy nomination, but the Lightning might part ways with Anders Lindback following his disappointing campaign.
If that happens, then Vasilevski might challenge 21-year-old Kristers Gudlevskis for the backup job with the loser of that training camp battle serving as the number one goalie in the minors.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger