2009-10: Andrey Vasilevskiy played for Salavat Yulaev’s 1994-born team and represented Russia at the 2010 U18 World Junior Championship. Salavat finished second in the Ural Region. Vasilevskiy appeared in five games for fourth-place Russia at the U18 WJC and was 2-2 with 1 shutout. He had a 2.65 goals against and .897 save percentage in the tournament.
2010-11: Vasilevskiy skated for Tolpar Ufa in Russia’s MHL (junior league) and played for Russia at the 2011 World Junior Championship. Vasilevskiy appeared in 14 games as a backup to 22-year old Rafael Khakimov for Tolpar Ufa as Tolpar finished with the league’s best record. He finished the season with a 1.81 goals against and .937 save percentage. He played in two playoff games and had a 2.05 goals against and .936 save percentage. Tolpar defeated Khimik in the third place series after falling to Magnitogorsk in the East Conference Finals. Vasilevski played in 6 of 7 games for Russia at the U18 WJC, including the bronze medal game win over Canada, and was 4-2 with a 2.62 goals against and .936 save percentage. Vasilevskiy was selected by Salavat Yulaev in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 KHL Draft.
2011-12: Vasilevskiy skated in 27 games with Tolpar, again sharing the goaltending duties with Khakimov, and represented Russia in four tournaments at three age levels. Vasilevskiy had three shutouts and posted a 2.23 goals against and .931 save percentage as Tolpar finished second in its division in the regular season. He started two of three playoff games and was 0-2 with a 2.50 goals against and .943 save percentage. Vasilevskiy opened the season skating for Russia at the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and in four games was 1-2 with a 3.14 goals against and .906 save percentage. At the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship he was 4-1 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.01 goals against and .953 save percentage in five games. Andrey Makarov was in net for Russia in the gold medal game, a 1-0 overtime loss to Sweden. Vasilevskiy was 1-2 with a 3.29 goals against and .926 save percentage in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. He played five games as Russia finished fifth in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship and was 2-3 with 1 shutout with a 2.20 goals against and .922 save percentage. Vasilevskiy was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was the top ranked European goalie in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Vasilevskiy made his KHL debut, appearing in eight games for Ufa Salavat Yulaev – and played for Ufa’s U22 team Tolpar in the MHL. He also played for Russia’s U20 team in the World Junior Championship – which was held in Ufa. Vasilevskiy was 4-1 with a 2.22 goals against and 2.32 safe percentage in KHL play. He had the MHL’s top save percentage (.930) and goals against (1.93) and was 17-6 in 27 regular season games for Tolpar. In three playoff games he was 0-2 with a 2.85 goals against and .897 save percentage. Vasilevskiy split the goaltending for Russia’s U20 team with Andrei Makarov, appearing in four games where he went 2-1 with 1 shutout, posting a 1.81 goals-against and .950 save percentage. Russia defeated Canada in overtime in the tournament’s bronze medal game.
2013-14: Vasilevskiy appeared in 28 KHL games for Ufa Slavat Yulayev in his first pro season — sharing the goaltending duties with 35-year-old veteran Alexei Volkov — and competed for Russia in the 2015 World Championship and the U20 World Junior Championship tournaments. In 28 regular season games for Salavat he was 14-8-5 with three shutouts and had a 2.21 goals against and .923 save percentage. Taking over as the starter for Ufa as the club reached the Eastern Conference finals, falling to eventual Gagarin Cup champion Metallurg, Vasilevskiy was 9-9 with one shutout in 18 playoff games and had a 1.99 goals against and .934 save percentage. He was 1-0 with one shutout in two games, allowing 1 goal on 67 shots as a backup to Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky for the gold medal-winning Russia squad at the World Championship in Belarus. Vasilevskiy was 4-2 with a 1.83 goals against and .933 save percentage in six games for the Russia U20 team; stopping 30 of 31 shots in the 2-1 win over Canada in the bronze medal game. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in May 2014.
2014-15: Vasilevksiy attended training camp with the Lightning before being assigned to AHL affiliate Syracuse to start the season. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay on December 16th in a game against the Flyers, stopping 23 of 24 shots in a 3-1 win. He appeared in 16 regular season games for the Lightning and was 7-5-1 with one shutout, posting a 2.36 goals against and .918 save percentage. He made his playoff debut in relief of Ben Bishop in a 6-2 loss to the Canadiens in the second round, allowing three goals on 26 shots in 35 minutes of action. Vasilevskiy played 25 AHL games for Syracuse and was 14-6 with two shutouts, finishing with a 2.45 goals against and .917 save percentage. The Crunch finished second in the Northeast Division.
Vasilevskiy is a large and agile goaltender capable of making dramatic saves with his quickness and athleticism. Still developing in terms of the technical and tactical aspects of the position he appears to have relatively unlimited potential at this point.
Vasilevskiy will enter the 2015-16 season firmly entrenched as the backup goaltender to Ben Bishop after a breakthrough rookie campaign in North America last season. After beginning the season in the AHL, he earned the right to start games in the NHL and even performed well under high-pressure situations in the playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. He will likely get a chance to at least match the 16 games he started last season, but, barring injury, will probably start more.