The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a disappointing year, but they are still looking for a few good pieces.
The Lightning’s roster is currently devoid of the players they were hoping for when they traded for Andrei Vasilevskiy last summer.
Vasilevkskiy was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The organization was confident in Vasilekskiys ability as a center and a power forward, but he has struggled to adapt to the Lightning’s system, and his time in Tampa Bay was one of the most frustrating in franchise history.
Despite the struggles, the Lightning are hoping for Vasileys development to help them rebuild the team.
The Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that Vasilek’s future with the Lightning was uncertain and that they were still searching for the right fit for the player.
The team did not confirm the report, but a source told the paper that Vasiles development was still uncertain.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Vasilejovskiy spent the 2017-18 season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), scoring five goals and 12 points in 52 games.
He has also appeared in 14 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League this season.
Vasilevsky was drafted by the Lightning in the second round, No. 46 overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft and signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the team in March.
The Lightning signed Vasilejs contract after the season.
With Vasilekos contract expiring at the end of this season, the team is looking for some veteran leadership and stability to help fill the void left by Vasile’s departure.
The former first-round pick has played just over three years with the Bolts, but his NHL experience could prove valuable in a new era for the Lightning.
The Bolts have a roster full of NHL-ready players who will be vying for a spot in the organization’s top six.
It is unclear who will replace Vasilebs role on the team, but one of those players could be a top prospect.