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Name: Vasily KoshechkinTampa Bay Lightning (#233/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 199cm/6'6"
Weight: 102kg/224.4 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-03-27
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2006-07 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
Russian national team's training camp (03/28/2009)
Lada Togliatti beats Ak Bars in Kazan (02/19/2009)
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game) (10/20/2007)
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis (10/13/2007)
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16/04/2010 Prospects make Russian National Team

Sr. World Championships -  Many prospects made the roster for the two friendly matches Team Russia will play in Italy on April 23rd and 24th. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning), Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) and Sergei Bobrovsky are the goalies, with Khudobin most likely as starter. On the blue line Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) will make his first appearence, and will be joined by Vitaly Atyushov, Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators), Evgeny Biryukov, Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Evgeny Ryasensky and Nikolai Belov. The forwards corps will be led by NHLers Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres), Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) and Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs). First call for Vladimir Tarasenko and Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets). Other players are Konstantin Gorovikov, Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche), Maxim Rybin , Evgeny Skachkov (St. Louis Blues), Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes), Mikhail Varnakov , Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators).
12/22/2009 Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) to WHL

Canadian Junior Leagues -  19 years old Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) decided to report to the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, according to There wasn't room for him after his KHL team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, signed veteran goalie Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) from Lada Togliatti and he lost his backup role. Pechursky will play for Russia in the upcoming WJC.
01/11/2009 January 9th games: Mirnov scores a double for Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  In January 9th KHL games Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) scored two goals for his Metallurg Magnitogorsk as they beaten Traktor Chelyabinsk 4-2. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) plays well, but Lada loses to Dinamo Riga 2-0 at home (KHL Boxscores) READ MORE
06/12/2008 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) on his way back to Lada
02/11/2008 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) to leave Ak Bars
02/05/2008 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning)'s game worn Team Russia jersey added
09/17/2007 Round 3: Metallurg Mg. vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) Detailed Scouting Analysis
06/27/2007 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) changes mind, remains in Russia
06/18/2007 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) signs deal with HC Ak Bars
05/26/2007 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) may be coming to Lightning
05/19/2007 Lada retains rights for Emelin (Montreal) and Bumagin (Edmonton)
05/02/2007 Russia beats Finland in close match, leads group
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
04/25/2007 Russia barely squeezes by Austria 4:3 in friendly match
04/24/2007 Team Russia boosted by NHL young guns
04/24/2007 Goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and two others cut from the Russian roster
02/05/2007 Russia’s starting job falls to Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
01/24/2007 Round 44 - Grigorenko regains scoring touch
01/17/2007 Round 42 - Koshechkin (Tampa Bay) shuts down opponents again
01/16/2007 Round 41 - Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) heating up
11/17/2006 Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
11/16/2006 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay): I love stopping pucks!
05/16/2006 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay) signs with Khimik
03/23/2006 Playoffs Quarterfinals Games 1: Lada upsets Metallurg! (Box Score)
02/09/2006 Web Site News: Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning)'s profile added!
12/27/2005 Vasily Koshechkin: Vorobiev has nose for prospects
10/12/2005 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay) solidifies Lada’s starting job
10/10/2005 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) gets first start
05/27/2005 Vladimir Kulikov (Toronto Maple Leafs) gets into the goaltending mix in RSL’s Lada
03/16/2004 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) looks shaky in first start since September
Scouting Evaluations:
Lada Togliatti beats Ak Bars in Kazan
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Super League Round 3: Prospects parade in Kazan - Metallurg Mg. vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) Scouting Analysis
Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: First thing you notice is Koshechkin’s size and how he blocks most off the net with his 6’6 frame...impressively quick butterfly for someone his size...blocks all the bottom of the net in the butterfly and is also very hard to beat high due to his height even on his knees...strong positionally with facing the shooter and cutting off the shooter’s angles...good, but not great reaction...slightly above average glove...needs to improve his skating, but a surprisingly fast skater for someone his size outside the crease...quick lateral movement on the count that it takes him just one quick stride to move from one post to the other...fairly good recovery from the butterfly, but could be faster...good awareness
Back In Russia:
Vasily Koshechkin is the product of the Lada hockey school in Togliatti, Russia. The young goalie made his saw little action for Russia’s 83 born national team until his last year of eligibility, when he spent a couple of tournaments as a back up before finally being released in favor or Andrei Medvedev (Calgary Flames) and Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues). Koshechkin was Lada’s third string goalie during the 2002-03 season, and in an effort to get the goalie more ice time, was loaed later that same season to Olympia (Krivo-Chepetsk) and then to Neftyannik (Almyetevsk), clubs that both competed in High League (Russia 2). The young netminder shined in the High League, posting impressive numbers and more importantly becoming the started of both clubs and leading them to much needed victories. After the successful 2002-03 season in the High League, Koshechkin spent the following two seasons as Lada’s backup, skatingin 8 and 4 games respectively during each of the seasons. The reason for so few games is Lada’s past tendency to invest heavily into a capable foreign goaltender like Edmonton’s Markkanen, who carry the load for most of the season. A similar set up was in place during the early part of the 2005-06 season, when Lada signed Czech goaltender Petr Svoboda. In addition to Svoboda, the club even encroached on Koshechkin’s back up spot by signing Kulikov away from the High Leagu’s Soviet Wings club. Koshechkin first beat out Kulikov after the latter proved unable to handle the Super League level of play. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect then earned the starting job after Svoboda’s struggles. Interestingly, he earned the starting job before Lada announced the club’s financial troubles and the significant cuts in the club’s budget. The young netminder shined repeatedly and held the top spot in most statistical categories amongst Super League goalies. Still, if the club did not suffer the financial downfall, the management may have gone out and found another seasoned foreign veteran. So, while Koshechkin enjoyed the starting responsibilities before the financial collapse, he became entrenched as the starter after it. Beyond the Super League, the young netminder is also starting to catch the eye of the national team management and may get ice time on the EuroTour circuit.
NHL Outlook:
Vasily Koshechkin was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 8th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (233rd overall). The young netminder was relatively unknown prior to his selection, but clearly his great size was the primary quality that made him an attractive prospect. The young netminder has steadily developed since being drafted, finally breaking out during the 2005-06 season. In a lot of ways, his style reminds that of another towering talented Russian goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Like Bryzgalov, he is not a fast skater and relies on his size and positioning to stop shots. In some ways, Koshechkin’s positioning may even be better than Bryzgalov’s when that young goalie left the Super League for North America. Additionally, it is difficult to assertain Koshechkin’s full potential while he is playing in the defensively minded Lada system, as he tends to face few shots and receives plenty of support. Still, his potential is significant and the young netminder may have the makings of a NHL starter.
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2007-08 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.) 19 5 9 0 30 47 989 NA 6
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.) 40 17 13 6 2.08 80 2309 - 0
2006-07 Team Russia Channel 1 Games (EuroTour) (Intl.) 2 1 1 0 0.50 1 123 NA 0
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.) 33 16 10 6 1.56 54 2076 0.935 8
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.) 4 0 1 0 2.47 5 121 0
2003-04 Lada 2 (Togliatti) 1st League (Playoffs) 3 3 0 0 0.00 0 180 1.00 0
2003-04 Lada 2 (Togliatti) 1st League (Reg.) 13 - - - 1.46 19 780 - 2
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.) 8 - - - 1.25 10 247 0.887 2
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs) 1 0 0 0 4.50 3 40 0.750 0
2002-03 Neftyannik (Almyetevsk) High League (Russia 2) (Playoffs) 5 - - - 2.40 12 300 - 2
2002-03 Neftyannik (Almyetevsk) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.) 9 - - - 1.89 17 540 - 2
2002-03 Olimpia (Kirivo-Chepetsk) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.) 10 - - - 1.40 14 600 0 2
2001-02 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 1 0 0 0 1.88 1 35 - 0
1999-00 Lada 2 (Togliatti) 1st League (Reg.) 18 - - - 1.11 20 1080 - 0
1998-99 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 - - - 3.50 7 120 - 2
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