Artyom Sergeyev, RUSSIA (Signed by Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013) – Sergeyev was arguably Russia’s most noticeable defenseman in game one showcasing his good four-way mobility and puck movement skills. At times, Sergeyev attemped some high risk plays and was picked off as a result but I was impressed with his offensive skills and ability to play big minutes.
Andrei Vasilevski, RUSSIA (Tampa Bay Lightning, 19th in 2012) – Outplayed by Malcolm Subban, Vasilevski did not necessarily play poorly but he did let in a few floaters that he has been known to snatch up easily in the past. The Lightning prospect continues to battle consistency as he’s shown that he has difficulty putting together sixty strong minutes of action.
I just got back from the game, it was a great game and really happy with the outcome!
That said, I just wanted to let Bolts fans know in spite of him being on the losing end I was pretty impressed with Vasilevski. Not sure what the final shot total was but Canada dominated in shots/chances and he made some very good saves. He seemed pretty solid to me at this level. I think he would like to have Strome's OT goal back but looked like he was distracted/screened by the Cdn cutting across in front of the goal.
What I saw,
D- Nesterov,6'0", worked very hard, was physical, straight line speed needs some work, had some passes picked off. With that work ethic, he might be able to keep improving, time will tell.
D- Sergeev, 6'1", seemed pretty good all around, good skater, he also had some passes picked off in the early games, but in the last game he started carrying the puck more and did it well.
G- Vasilevski,6'3", did not look sharp to me, played in games 1 and 4, lost both. Game 1, he let in three 30-40 foot wrist shoots, two were screened, but I didn't see him moving his head to try to look around the screens. Game 4, he'd give up a rebound and not follow it, rebound would get shot in. I saw him at prospect camp, so I know he is unusually quick and very good at following the puck, something was bothering him mentally I think.