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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 171

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Tampa has re-assigned Vladislav Namestnikov to Syracuse of the AHL.
With the return to health of Cedric Paquette, Namestnikov was no longer needed in Tampa. Although the 23-year-old forward won't be much of a fantasy factor this season, he does have some offensive potential for the future. Feb 14 - 12:02 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have promoted Vladislav Namestnikov.

Namestnikov has three goals and seven points in 25 games with Tampa Bay this season. He's got far more offensive upside than those numbers suggest, but we don't expect him to start reflecting that until 2015-16 at the earliest.
Feb 11 - 5:40 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has been returned to the minors.

He has seven points in 25 games for the Lightning this season. Tyler Johnson was able to play Thursday, but Namestnikov was still kept in the lineup at the expense of Jonathan Drouin. He got to play in two games during his latest NHL stint.
Jan 16 - 5:56 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov will center Tampa Bay's second line between Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday night against Boston.

The former 27th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Namestnikov has only seven points through 24 games with Tampa this season. However, he has 17 points in just 16 games with AHL Syracuse. Still just 22 years old, the young Russian is an exciting talent to bear in mind for a short-term pick up in normal leagues and a must in deep dynasty leagues.
Jan 13 - 5:54 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay needed an extra forward because Tyler Johnson (lower body) won't be available on Tuesday. Namestnikov has three goals and seven points in 24 games with the Lightning this season.
Jan 13 - 1:03 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov to sit Tuesday night against Flyers.

Midway through December, Namestnikov has appeared in just one game this month and has only seven points in his 23 games this season. He hasn't had a point in four weeks, either. The talent is there, but has not yet blossomed for you deep poolies.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Vladisalv Namestnikov will once again be a healthy scratch Monday versus the Penguins.

The 22-year-old Russian forward hasn’t seen game action since December 2nd and will be on the sidelines once again Monday in Pittsburgh. He has seven points (3 G, 4 A), a plus three rating, and four penalty minutes in 23 games for the Lightning this season.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has been sent to AHL Syracuse.

Namestnikov has some offensive upside, but he's been averaging just 11:50 minutes per game in Tampa Bay. The 22-year-old will have far more responsibility in the minors and that might help with his development.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov, J.T. Brown, and Mark Barberio all healthy scratches Monday night.

The Lightning will go with the same line up from Saturday, which led them to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, which means Namestnikov, Brown, and Barberio will all be watching from the press box. Brown and Barberio will have a hard time cracking the Lightning lineup in the future, but Namestnikov should get some chances going forward.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov will take a seat on Saturday night against Minnesota.

Perhaps not the ideal way to spend your 22nd birthday as a professional athlete, but then again Assistant Coach Rick Bowness spoke of needing "fresh legs" for Tampa's ninth game in 15 days. Namestnikov has seven points in 21 games on the season, and will be joined by JT Brown and Eric Brewer in the stands as healthy scratches.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov has impressed coach Jon Cooper with his progression in 2014-15.

"Just watching Vladdy grow from training camp to now, he's a different player," said the Tampa Bay bench boss. "The game has slowed down for him. He knows he has more time than he used to think he had. Now, when those guys get that ability to say, 'Hey, I actually can make this play,' they kind of play the game now to have success instead of not to screw up. And that's a big part of the mindset. And Vladdy is doing that right now, and I can't say enough about the way that kid is playing." Namestnikov has generated three goals and seven points in 20 games this season, while earning time on the Lightning's penalty kill. The 21-year-old forward is quickly becoming a good depth player on Tampa.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 09:55:00 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov collected his first NHL points Monday night.

He earned an assist on goal by Victor Hedman in the first period and then he scored a garbage time goal in the third that capped Tampa Bay's 7-1 win. Namestnikov earned his roster spot with the Lightning out of training camp after he played four games with the big club last season.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 08:49:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been impressed with forward Vladislav Namestnikov this preseason.

Namestnikov was the Lightning’s first round pick in 2011, and has spent most of the last two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. The 21-year-old did play four games with Tampa Bay last season but he didn’t register a point. "Guys develop at different rates, and I think he’s right on course," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. "We knew he was going to get (to the NHL), but he’s really opened some eyes in the first four preseason games. Namestnikov has registered seven assists in four games this preseason and definitely has a chance to stick with the Lightning this season.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 08:59:00 AM

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.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:22:00 AM

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.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 06:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Brett Connolly
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Radko Gudas
6Andrej Sustr
7Mark Barberio
8Nikita Nesterov
9Luke Witkowski
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy