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Vladislav Namestnikov | Center

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 171
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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. Nov 22 - 6:28 PM
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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.
Nov 20 - 9:55 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.
Oct 14 - 8:49 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.
Oct 4 - 8:59 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.
Aug 26 - 11:22 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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
6Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Brenden Morrow
4Alex Killorn
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Brett Connolly
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov