|Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Written by Brendan Ross|
March 2013 - Namestnikov's first pro season in the AHL hasn't gone as planned, as the talented two way forward missed a large chunk of time due to an unfortunate shoulder injury. In 28 games, Namestnikov has three goals, 10 points and a -3 rating, on a team which most players are on the plus-side of double digits. It should be noted that Namestnikov has yet to be given a prime opportunity at a scoring line role, which is the result of being a 20 year old rookie on the highest scoring team in the AHL. While nobody is doubting Namestnikov's talent or skill, there isn't much time left in the AHL season to improve on his dismal totals. With more time to develop and experience, expect Namestnikov to eventually become one of the better overall players in the AHL. Randy Buschmann
August, 2012 - A solid development camp puts him on the radar for the 2012-13 season, but he is still likely another year away barring a great main training camp in the fall. - Dobber
May 2012 – He has continued strong production this season finishing with 71 points and 18 more in OHL playoffs. Played a huge opening game in the Memorial Cup, scored two goals, one being a sweet tip in, the second an odd man rush off a feed from line mate Seth Griffith. Tampa currently has a few forward openings for the next season, he will surely get a look, but may have to spend some time in the AHL. Jason Banks
January, 2012 – London Knights’ 20th overall pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft was Russian speedster Vladislav Namestnikov and he has proved to be a very good pick. Last month, Russia made Namestnikov one of the final cuts for their World Junior squad surprising many since the skilled centre with good speed has shown an ability to play a number of roles early on in his career. Namestnikov projects to be a top six forward at the NHL level but his arrival depends on how quick he can add some strength to his wiry frame. Vladislav speaks fluent English and has come to North America showing the hockey world that he adjusts quickly on the ice as well. Namestnikov scored at a point-per-game pace in his first OHL season and has improved that pace in his second season. The Lightning were likely thrilled with Namestnikov being their 27th overall pick as he’s got great potential as a future playmaker, scorer and minute muncher at the NHL level.
Namestnikov is a high-energy skilled forward capable of playing naturally at centre but also able to slide over to the wing if necessary. Vladislav has good instincts, soft hands and is a slippery skater but he needs to bulk up and show a willingness to play in traffic to reach his full potential. Fantasy owners should expect a few years of development and in his prime Vladislav could become a 60+ point centreman but he will need to address his shortcomings (top end speed, size and mediocre shot).
Pre-Draft Namestnikov Highlight Package
|Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:16|