2009-10: Valeri Vasiliev skated for Spartak Moscow’s 1994-born team in Russia. In 11 games he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 16 penalty minutes. Vasiliev played for Spartak’s U16 at the Russian Championships – playing in all five games. He had 1 assist and was plus-two with 12 penalty minutes. Spartak lost to Salavat Yulaev in the championship game.
2010-11: Vasiliev played for Spartak in the U18 national championship tournament and led the club’s 1994 team in penalty minutes. He saw his first international championship play – representing Russia at a pair of Four Nations tournaments and competing in the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival. Spartak reached the championship game of the U18 tournament – falling to Vityaz Podolsk. In six games at the tournament Vasiliev scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 22 penalty minutes. In 24 games for Spartak’s 94’s he had 89 penalty minutes and scored 3 goals with 9 assists. He played in seven games in the two Four Nations tournaments and was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes. Vasiliev was plus-five with 2 penalty minutes in three games at the EYOF. He was selected by Spartak Moscow in the second round (40th overall) of the 2011 KHL Draft.
2011-12: Vasiliev skated in 18 games for Spartak’s junior team MHC Spartak in the MHL and played in three tournaments for Russia. He had 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-four with 24 penalty minutes in MHL play. He did not play in MHC Spartak’s five-game playoff series with Cherepovets. Playing in the U18 Ivan Hlinka and Sergei Zholtok tournaments he was scoreless with 16 penalty minutes in eight games. In four games at the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge he had no points with two penalty minutes. Russia finished 2-2 and was fifth in the six-team tournament. Vasiliev was ranked 16th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Vasiliev made his KHL debut as an 18-year-old, skating with Moscow Spartak, and played for the club’s U22 team in the MHL. He had 1 assist and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in 11 games; averaging 12 minutes of ice time in KHL play. Spartak finished seventh in the Tarasov Division. In five Nadezhda Cup games he had 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes while averaging 20:38 minutes per game. Vasiliev scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 57 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games for Spartak’s U22 team and was -1 with 1 assist and 30 penalty minutes in two playoff contests.
2013-14: Vasiliev skated in 36 regular season games for Spartak Moscow in his first full KHL season and played for the Russia U20 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He had 3 assists and was -9 with 14 penalty minutes, averaging 13 minutes of ice time with Spartak. The Moscow club finished last in the Tarasov Division, missing the KHL playoffs. Vasiliev scored 1 goal and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in 7 games for Russia at the WJC. Russia finished third, defeating Canada, 2-1, in the bronze medal game.
2014-15: Vasiliev played for four different clubs at three different levels of Russian hockey — skating for Avangard Omsk and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL, Sokol Krasnoyarsk in the VHL and finishing the season by skating for the Novgorod junior team in the MHL playoffs. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +5 with 13 penalty minutes, averaging 10:32 minutes of ice time with powerful Avangard. He saw more ice time with Nizhny Novgorod, averaging 17 minutes of ice time and finishing +4 with 1 goal with 1 assist in nine games. Vasiliev was +1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in three games with Sokol and was -1 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in three MHL playoff games with Chaika Nizhny Novgorod.
2015-16: Vasiliev attended prospect camp with the Flyers before returning to Russia for his third KHL season. Back with Avangard Omsk he struggled to find ice time; appearing in just 11 regular season games and only four games after December. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging 8:53 minutes of ice time. Avangard finished first in the Chernyshev Division, sweeping Neftekhimik before falling to Salavat Yulaev in seven games in the East Conference semifinals. Vasiliev skated in two playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalties, averaging four minutes of ice time.
Vasiliev is a solid, physical defenseman who doesn’t contribute much offensively. While Vasiliev has stuck in the KHL, many expect Vasiliev to fit in with the North American game when he makes the jump.
Vasiliev returned to Avangard Omsk in 2015-16, skating in just 11 games as the club had a veteran defense group. Twenty-one-year-olds seeing limited ice time in the KHL is not uncommon but Vasiliev has yet to show the progress the Flyers envisioned when he was selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. With several talented defense prospects in the Philadelphia pipeline he does not appear likely to receive an entry-level contract in the near future. Long-term he projects as a solid, lower pairing stay-at-home defenseman.