Now that John Gibson has matriculated to the Anaheim Ducks’ NHL roster, Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevsky may be the best goaltending prospect outside of the league right now. The 19-year-old netminder was a first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012. He currently plays for Salavat Yulayev in the KHL and put his team on his back in the playoffs.
Vasilevsky’s most dazzling save of the postseason came Friday in Game 5 in the Gagarin Cup semifinals against the Mike Keenan-led Metallurg Magnitogorsk. With the score tied 0-0 in the second period, Vasilevsky had a flurry in front of his net and kicked the puck out to an oncoming Metallurg player. The Salavat goalie dove to his left with an out-stretched glove and pulled the puck off the line.
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