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Get to know a draft pick — Andrei Vasilevski

Jun 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Andrei Vasilevski (G)

Height: 6’3 Weight: 204 Shoots: Right

Team: Tolpa Ufa (KHL Jr.)

Country: Russia

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 among European goalies

What kind of player is he?

He draws comparisons to other big Russian netminders like Ilya Bryzgalov, Semyon Varlamov and Sergei Bobrovsky. Many believe he’s ahead of the curve when it comes to positioning, which is a great sign considering his frame.

Vasilevski managed an astounding .953 save percentage at the World Juniors and put up fantastic individual numbers at Russia’s junior level as well. It’s tough to predict where he’ll go given the current state of the goaltending market (read: flooded) but some projections have him as a low first rounder and quite possibly the first netminder off the board.

Quotable:

“Vasilevski is a terrific athlete with very good bio-mechanics. His balance points and strong core allow him to seal the ice with a very wide, but very powerful butterfly. This is going to make him look extremely attractive to many NHL teams.” — Justin Goldman, via the Edmonton Journal

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Mikhail Grigorenko

Ryan Murray

Griffin Reinhart

Alex Galchenyuk

Derrick Pouliot

Malcolm Subban

  1. bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Probably Isles go D w/ #34, but if AV is still there, I’d go for him. He was awesome in the WJCs.

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