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Vladislav Namestnikov | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 173

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Vladislav Namestnikov feels he improved as the 2013-14 season progressed.
"The biggest thing I improved is defense," he said. "It's a big part of the pro game. Other part is I got a little stronger and more confident. That was probably the biggest difference." Namestnikov registered 19 goals and 48 points in 56 games with Syracuse of the AHL last year. He didn't pick up a point in four appearances with the Lightning and he's eager to make a positive impression at training camp. He isn't likely to earn a roster spot, but could be one of the first call ups should injuries strike. Aug 26 - 11:22 AM

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Vladislav Namestnikov has been sent down to the minors.

Namestnikov has 15 goals and 19 assists in 36 AHL games this season. He's got potential, but his dominate play in the minors hasn't translated to success at the NHL level yet.
Mar 5 - 6:14 PM

Tampa Bay has promoted Vladislav Namestnikov.

Namestnikov has 15 goals and 34 points in 35 AHL games this season. The 2011 first round pick made his NHL debut on Feb. 8.
Feb 26 - 6:25 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov was sent back to the minors after a one game call up.

Namestnikov has 30 points in 31 games for Syracuse )AHL).
Feb 9 - 3:17 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov made his NHL debut in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win over Detroit on Saturday.

Namestnikov was credited with a hit in 11:55 minutes of ice time. He's got plenty of offensive upside and has been tearing it up in the minors with 13 goals and 30 points in 31 games.
Feb 9 - 11:15 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov, who was called up from the AHL to replace the injured Valteri Filppula, will skate alongside Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown.

The significance of this is that these three players made up Syracuses' top line at the beginning of the season. Namestnikov is a very talented player as evidenced by his 30 points in 31 AHL games this season. Watch him.
Feb 8 - 11:46 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have promoted Vladislav Namestnikov.

Namestnikov has 13 goals and 30 points in 31 AHL games this season. He might make his NHL debut on Saturday. He was taken with the 27th overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Feb 7 - 6:25 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov was one of 22 players that was cut from the Tampa Bay Lightning's roster on Saturday.

Luke Witkowski, Riku Helenius, Danick Gauthier, Henri Ikonen, Cedrick Desjardins, Brady Brassart, Dan Milan, Max Langelier-Parent, Eric Neilson, Geoff Walker, Carl Nielsen, Drew Olson, Joey Mormina, Evan Rankin, Slater Koekkoek, Cedric Paquette, Phillipe Paridis, Tanner Richard, Charles Landry, Nikita Nesterov, and Artem Sergeev were the other players that have failed to make the team. Tampa Bay still has 36 players left on their training camp roster.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov is bigger and more confident at Tampa Bay's training camp this year.

"Vladdy went from potential healthy scratch (at the start of the season) to a guy that was hurt, to a top-six forward, and he did that all in one year," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "So that's a really, really good sign of a prospect to see somebody do that." Cooper coached Namestnikov in the AHL with Syracuse before he made the transition to the NHL and he feels that the 20-year-old Russian has a bright future even if he starts the 2013-14 campaign in the minors. Namestnikov has added muscle and confidence to his game, which are positive signs for his development.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov scored his first professional goal on Saturday.

Namestnikov was selected 27th overall by the Lightning in the 2011 Draft. It was his second game back after he suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss 24 games. He had 22 goals and 71 points with the London Knights after a 30 goal, 68 point season in his draft year. Namestnikov is a playmaker and if he develops, he could be a top-six forward.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov will miss the next four-to-six weeks due to a shoulder injury.

Namestnikov has two points in five games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch. He was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 04:17:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in the Syracuse Crunch's 3-2 win over the Albany Devils.

Namestnikov has two points in three AHL contests. He was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He might make the Lightning's opening game roster when the NHL lockout eventually ends.
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 10:30:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov may be an intriguing player to watch at training camp.

Depending on when the season starts, the 2011 first-round draft pick of the Lightning could be in the NHL sooner rather than later following two impressive years in the OHL with London. "Vlady can play on any of the top four lines in your organization because he's dedicated and can kill penalties," said Tampa's director of amateur scouting Al Murray. "He can play with top offensive players, so he has a lot of versatility moving forward. He'll be in competition with others for our NHL team since we have a third-line center spot open, or he'll be on our AHL team."
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 11:34:00 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov has agreed to a three-year, entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Namestnikov has 22 goals and 70 points in 60 OHL games with the London Knights. The Lightning took him with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 05:36:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov, who just finished participating in the Lightning's development camp, has impressed GM Steve Yzerman.

Namestnikov was selected by the Lightning with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. The camp involved a 3-on-3 tournament, which Namestnikov's team won. "He pretty much had what (scouting director) Al (Murray) described to me, a very smart and creative player," Yzerman said. "You don't see a lot of 3-on-3 in a lot of hockey games, but you see the smarts, the puck-handling ability, the good skills and can really dangle the puck. He's a good skater, and he's still a young guy and will fill out, but we feel we have a real good prospect and we're happy with the pick." Look for Namestnikov to spend the 2011-12 season in the OHL.
Wed, Jul 13, 2011 10:58:00 AM

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