The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis has been assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. With Thursday’s pre-season game against the Florida Panthers cancelled, the Lightning only have one pre-season game left on Saturday. Presumably, Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy were set to play each of those games with Gudlevskis serving as their back-up. Now with only one game to get their work in, Bishop and Vasilevskiy are likely to split that game.
Gudlevskis showed well in the pre-season and looked to be in a good shape. He was taking a quieter approach with good positioning. Many previous times watching him play, he can get a little wild and aggressive. While that aggressiveness sometimes served him well, it could also get him out of position and into trouble. The Gudlevskis we saw in the pre-season is the good Gudlevskis that the Lightning would like to see in the event he becomes the Lightning’s back-up goaltender after Ben Bishop leaves either in trade or free agency.
Below is the full press release announcement from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
LIGHTNING ASSIGN GOALTENDER KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS TO SYRACUSE
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The Lightning now have 27 players remaining in the 2016 training camp.
Gudlevskis, 24, has appeared in two career NHL games, both with the Lightning over the past three seasons, compiling a record of 1-0-1 to go along with a 1.50 goals-against average and .957 save percentage. He’s also appeared in two career Stanley Cup Playoff games, both during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens.
The 6-foot-3, 223-pound goaltender has appeared in 121 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, posting a record of 59-37-12. Last season, Gudlevskis represented Syracuse at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.
Gudlevskis was originally selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 124th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.
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