Kristers Gudlevskis

by olafson1393 on July 1, 2017

Kristers Gudlevskis - Photo by sportacentrs.com

 

Kristers Gudlevskis, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 211

Born: 1992-07-31

Hometown: Aizkraukle, LAT

Drafted: 2013 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 124th Overall

 
 

Observations:

July 2017 - The New York Islanders acquired goalie Gudlevskis from the Tampa Bay Lightning.He likely falls behind Halak and Greiss on the depth chart and will remain in the AHL. With the prospects the Islanders have coming down the pipe, he also does not have any apparent long term upside with the Islanders either. Peter Harling

June 2017 - Over the past several months there have been plenty of rumblings that Gudlevskis will not be returning to the Crunch next fall. Steve Yzerman has made clear, his plans to allow room for Connor Ingram to earn time with the Crunch next season, as well as partner him up with a more experienced veteran - likely not Gudlevskis. The Latvian struggled at times with the Crunch this season, it will be interesting to see whether or not The Lightning qualify the net-minder in order to retain his rights for trade purposes. It seems evident that the 24-year-old does not fit the Lightning long term plans. Brayden Olafson

 

September 2016 - Latvia will not be participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey; however, Kristers Gudlevskis had Olympic Qualifying Games with his native country from August to September. In his two appearances, he managed to keep a 2.04 GAA and .923 SV%. In this upcoming season, Gudlevskis will be starting the season as the Syracuse Crunch starter once again. If his play is consistent of that at the OQG, more NHL starts are in his near future. Max Marko

January 2016 - Gudlevskis has returned to the AHL for the 2015-16 season, where he currently holds a 2.59 GAA and 0.918 SV% in 18 games. These are notably better numbers than he posted last season with the Crunch (2.81GAA, 0.900SV% in 46 games), showing promising signs of improvement for the athletic netminder. Unfortunately, the strong play of Bishop and the elite pedigree of Vasilevskiy mean that Gudlevskis will likely be anchored in the AHL for quite a while if he remains with the Tampa organization. Hayden Soboleski

October 2014 - After attending Tampa Bay's training camp, Gudlevskis was assigned to the AHL where he'll battle first round pick Andrei Vasilevskiy for playing time. Randall Buschmann

February 2014 - Gudlevskis played in two games for Latvia during the Olympics, which included receiving the start for his country's all-important quarterfinal matchup. He shocked the world by recording a stellar 55 saves against a powerhouse Canadian squad who managed only two goals against the rookie goaltender. Despite losing, Gudlevskis was the talk of the hockey world for at least a day and will no doubt remembered for his very impressive performance. Randall Buschmann

February 2014 - Gudlevskis is a fiery goaltender with excellent size and quickness. After proving himself in Russia’s junior development league (MHL) and a solid outing representing his home country at the World Junior Championship, he went on to play a couple games for KHL’s Dinamo Riga. When Tampa Bay drafted Gudlevskis as a 20-year-old this past June, their Director of Scouting Al Murray stated right from the get go, "We believe [Gudlevskis] has a chance to come in this year and compete for an American Hockey League spot with our team and continue his development." To date, Gudlevskis has not disappointed. After an impressive showing during Tampa Bay’s development camp in July, he was signed to a three year entry-level contract and the decision was made he’d start his North American pro career in Florida(ECHL). After a dominating performance there, the decision was made to promote Gudlevskis to Syracuse(AHL) where he’s quickly established himself as a reliable starting goaltender. Gudlevskis seems to be slowly taking the starting role away from AHL veteran Cedrick Desjardins. Gudlevskis will represent his country Latvia in the upcoming Olympic games. Gudlevskis has gone from being a relative unknown fifth round draft pick to rising up Tampa Bay's depth chart and representing his country at the Olympics in short time. Randall Buschmann

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Buried behind Bishop and Vasilevskiy for now, but will be the undisputed starter in the AHL and could graduate to NHL backup within a year.

 

Footage:

Kristers Gudlevskis named to 2014 Team Latvia Olympic team

 

 

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