Star forward Mikhail Grigorenko recently made a telling comment about Team Russia’s goaltending.
“Only our team has Andrei Vasilevski. No other team does,” he said.
That’s ultimately right on so many levels.
Russia’s goaltender Andrei Vasilevski will set a new record for his country as he enters his third world junior championship.
Andrei Medvedev played at three different world junior championships for Team Russia and two under-18 world championships as well back in the early 2000’s. But Vasilevski will top that feat as he was part of Russia’s under-18 Team Russia for three straight years. He made his debut for Russia when he was just 15.
Russia’s coach Mikhail Varnakov said Vasilevski should be his starting goalie but still leaves some room for speculation.
“I think it’s an obvious decision. Vasilevski is hands down our number one choice. (Ivan) Nalimov will be his backup and (Igor) Ustinsky is the third goalie. That’s what we’re going to start with and see how it’s going to pan out.”
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