Koshechkin Plans To Head For Tampa
Vasily Koshechkin, Lada Togliatti
Team Russia goalie Vasily Koshechkin is said to be close to signing a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning and wants to have a deal in place before training camp, according to a report that was posted earlier today by Sport Express.
Koshechkin, 24, compiled a 2.08 GAA in 40 games in '06-'07, after finishing with a 1.56 GAA and .935 sv pct in '05-'06, for defensive-minded Lada Togliatti. Ranked high on the very short list of top Russian goalie prospects, he is said to be very quick laterally, with a flexible style that is said to be similar in some ways to Ilya Bryzgalov (Russian Prospects). One thing is obvious-- at 6'-6", Koshechkin can sure cover a lot of area.
Here's a look at Koshechkin's helmet, which he very recently updated-- the description in the corner in English that's too small to read is mine:
Just so that I don't get a reputation of being only about stats and numbers. *ba-dump bump*
UPDATE 6/18/07 - Ak Bars Kazan announced today that they have signed Koshechkin, along with one of Lada's top defensemen, Alexei Emelin.