Andrei Vasilevski is our choice for the best goaltender of this year's World Juniors. The 17-year-old silver medalist put on a clinic throughout the tournament and made his name known to scouts all over the hockey world.
The Russian netminder went from being virtually unknown to now being a potential first round draft choice in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
Vasilevski made his name known in the very first game of the tournament, making 40 saves for a 3-0 shutout win over Switzerland. Vasilevski next made 30 saves in a 14-0 shutout win over Latvia. He then would make 51 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden to end the preliminary round.
Onto the medal round, where Vasilevski defeated the Czech Republic, stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 2-1 overtime win. In the semifinals against Canada, he stopped 44 of 49 shots before being surprisingly pulled in a 6-5 win.
That was the last we saw of Vasilevski in this tournament, as he watched the gold medal game from the bench. But he still did enough to get number one spot on my list of the top 10 goaltenders in the World Juniors.
Vasilevski had the best stats of any goalie in the tournament with a .953 SVS% and a 2.01 GAA with two shutouts in five games.
Expect to hear a lot more about Andrei Vasilevski in the next few years, as he has the potential to be the next great Russian netminder.