Vladislav Namestnikov

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Vladislav Namestnikov
Namestnikov 2015-03-24.jpg
Namestnikov on March 24, 2015 during the warmup to the Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning game.
Born (1992-11-22) November 22, 1992 (age 22)
Voskresensk, Russia[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Tampa Bay Lightning
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–present

Vladislav Yevgenievich Namestnikov (born November 22, 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 27th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning.

Playing career[edit]


Although born in Voskresensk, Namestnikov moved to the United States when he was eight months old, settling in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his family. When he was eight, he returned to Voskresensk in Russia to hone his hockey skills, eventually playing in the Vysshaya Liga with Khimik Voskresensk at the age of 16.[2] He was eventually picked by the London Knights 20th overall in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) entry draft,[3] and was also selected 11th overall in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) draft by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, but said, "I'm not going back there [Russia] to play."[4]

On March 13, 2012, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of forward Namestnikov to a three-year, entry-level contract. He played in 60 games with the London Knights that season, scoring 22 goals and 70 points to go along with 60 penalty minutes. In his career with the Knights, he has skated in 128 career games over the past two seasons, registering 52 goals and 139 points, and a +29 rating. Namestnikov appeared in six OHL playoff games last year, recording one goal and five points.[5]

Syracuse Crunch[edit]

On September 14, 2012, the Lightning assigned Namestnikov and 17 other players to the Syracuse Crunch, their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[6] On October 21, Namestnikov suffered a shoulder injury when he slammed into the boards with a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins player in the first period. The team revealed that Namestnikov was expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury.[7] He finished the season playing in the Calder Cup Final, where the Crunch fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4–2 series defeat.[8]

On November 23, 2013, Namestnikov suffered a broken hand against the Hamilton Bulldogs during the third period of the game when he took a shot off of his hand.[9] On February 7, 2014, Tampa Bay recalled Namestinkov from the Crunch. At the time, he skated in 31 games this season with Syracuse, posting 13 goals and 30 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for first on the team for points and assists.[10] Namestnikov made his NHL debut on February 8, 2014, skating 11:55 for the Lightning in their 4–2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.[11] On March 5, 2014, Namestnikov was reassigned to the Crunch after appearing in four NHL games, though failing to record a point.[12] He set career-high totals for games played (56), goals (19), assists (29), points (48) and penalty minutes (40) during the 2013–14 season in the AHL with Syracuse.

On January 6, 2015, Namestnikov was named an AHL All-Star, representing the Eastern Conference. On January 21, 2015, he was named into the starting lineup. At the time of the announcement, he had eight goals and ten assists for 18 points in 18 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

Namestnikov made the Tampa Bay opening night roster out of training camp to start the 2014–15 season.[13] On October 13, 2014, he picked up his career first NHL assist and point on a Victor Hedman goal, as well as his first NHL goal, in a 7–1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. He then scored his first game-winning goal on October 24 against the Winnipeg Jets.[14] On December 3, 2014, the Lightning reassigned Namestnikov to Syracuse.[15] The move was done to give him more playing time and he would also be playing in his natural position, center. The move also freed-up some room for Tampa's highly-touted teammate Jonathan Drouin to receive more ice time; Drouin and Namestnikov had been alternating healthy scratches for the team, playing as the third-line left wing on a rotational basis.[16]On March 4, 2015, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Namestnikov from Syracuse. In 26 games with the Lightning this season, Namestnikov has recorded three goals and seven points with a plus-3 rating.[17] On March 28, the Lightning elected to keep Namestnikov for the playoffs by using one of their two remaining call ups. Namestnikov had previously been on an emergency recall, however, his strong play made the teams choice easy with his strong play since being recalled.[18] On March 30, 2015, in a Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Namestnikov scored two goals, including the game winner, which helped the lightning clinch a playoff birth in the 2014-15 NHL Playoffs.[19] During this game he also had an assist, along with the game-best possession stats (14 shot attempts for, 6 against, 70.0%).Namestnikov also has seven points (4g, 3a) in the past seven games.[20]


Namestnikov's father, Evgeny, was a player for the Vancouver Canucks and also played for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. His uncle on his mother's side is Vyacheslav Kozlov, a former NHL star having played in over 1,000 games in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers, playing on a line with current Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman with Detroit.[21] Another uncle, Ivan Novoseltsev, is also a hockey player, having played over five seasons in the NHL and currently playing in Russia. His family emigrated to the United States in 1993 when Vladislav was eight months old, initially arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah.[22]

On November 18, 2014, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon did a segment on the possible expansion of the NHL to Las Vegas. During the segment, the program listed the pros and cons of the city getting a team. On one of the pro's section, Fallon joked about getting to "see names like Semyon Varlamov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alexei Ponikarovsky." To his credit, Fallon was able to pronounce Namestnikov's name correctly.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Khimik Voskresensk VHL 33 12 9 21 18 2 1 0 1 2
2010–11 London Knights OHL 68 30 39 69 49 6 1 4 5 6
2011–12 London Knights OHL 63 22 49 71 50 19 4 14 18 20
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 44 7 14 21 32 18 2 5 7 10
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 56 19 29 48 40
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 34 14 21 35 12
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 43 9 7 16 13
NHL totals 47 9 7 16 17
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Russia Russia
World Junior A Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Summerside


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia U17 7th 5 8 2 10 18
2010 Russia WJC 4th 7 5 2 7 4
Junior totals 12 13 4 17 22


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  2. ^ Pyette, Ryan (2010-08-25). "The Russians are (almost) coming". lfpress.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Pyette, Ryan (2010-07-02). "Grabbing Russians gamble by Hunter". lfpress.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Pyette, Ryan (June 9, 2011). "Namestnikov rides first-round bubble". lfpress.com. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 13, 2012). "Lightning Sign Forward Vladislav Namestnikov". Bolts Report. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (September 14, 2012). "Lightning Assign 18 Players to Syracuse of the AHL". Lightning News. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (October 26, 2012). "Syracuse Crunch rookie center Vladdy Namestnikov sidelined with shoulder injury". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Axe, Brent (June 19, 2013). "Calder Cup Finals: The 2012-'13 Syracuse Crunch won't soon be forgotten even in defeat". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
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  12. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 5, 2014). "Lightning Recall Richard Panik; Reassign Namestnikov to Syracuse". Lightning News. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Joe, Smith (October 6, 2014). "Lightning sends three to Syracuse, roster almost set". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Burns, Bryan (October 13, 2014). "Steven Stamkos hat trick propels Bolts past Montreal". Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (December 3, 2014). "Lightning Reassign Forward Namestnikov". Lightning News. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ Smith, Joe (December 3, 2014). "Vladislav Namestnikov reassigned to AHL Syracuse". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 4, 2014). "Lightning Recall Vladislav Namestnikov From Syracuse". Tampa Bay Lightning News. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (March 28, 2015). "Syracuse Crunch's Vladdy Namestnikov will remain in Tampa Bay, according to Jon Cooper". Syracuse.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ The Sports, Exchange (March 31, 2015). "Namestnikov's goals help Lightning seal playoff berth". WMUR9. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ Cullen, Scott (March 31, 2015). "Namestnikov makes most of opportunity". TSN: Statistically Speaking. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ Kimelman, Adam (June 25, 2011). "Bolts' Yzerman Facilitates Red Wing Reunion With Pick". NHL Entry Draft. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (February 7, 2011). "Namestnikov blends Russian, North American styles". NHL Entry Draft. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ DeWitt, Andrew (November 19, 2014). "Vadislav Namestinkov Featured on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". TampaBayLightning.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brett Connolly
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Slater Koekkoek