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The Next Ones – Vladislav Namestnikov – NHL Draft Prospect Profile: A ‘Name’-stnikov to Remember

This article was originally published at The Hockey Writers

Vladislav Namestnikov

Date of Birth:  November 22, 1992

Hometown:  Voskresensk, RUS

Ht:  6-0  Wt:  166

Shoots:  Left

Position:  Center

NHL Draft Eligibility:  2011

One Timer: 

Russian prospects too often get red flagged early on in their development mainly because of the lack of transfer agreement between the NHL and KHL.  Recently, we are noticing a trend of Russian players coming to North American to follow their NHL dreams before the KHL get their hooks in them.  The London Knights’ star forward, Vladislav Namestnikov,  is the latest example of a player dedicated to take a North American approach to an NHL career.  Fortunately for Namestnikov, he has no contract obligations to the Kontinental Hockey League and, for once, we may see a Russian star player rise in the draft rather than fall.

Namestnikov arrived in North America for the first time as an infant as his father, Evgeny, competed in the IHL, AHL and NHL establishing his professional hockey career.  Over a decade later, Namestnikov would return to North American to joing the London Knights’ organization after being made the 20th overall selection of the 2010 CHL Import Draft.  Namestnikov razzled and dazzled the opposition in his first OHL campaign finishing fifth among rookie scoring leaders trailing country-mates Yakupov, Galchenyuk and Khokhlachev. 

Vladislav’s accomplishments extend off the ice as well.  The young Russian learned the english language from a young age and people are shocked when Namestnikov speaks to find out he has almost no trace of a Russian accent.  Namestnikov could possibly land a tutoring job teaching players like Datsyuk and Ovechkin english if his hockey career falls through. 

On the ice, the speedy russian made a seemless transition to the North American game and it is reflected as he carries himself with loads of confidence.  Namestnikov is an elusive pivot who can create space with the combination of his quick feet and high hockey intelligence.  Namestnikov excels in the offensive zone as he puts on a clinic with his superb puckhandling and passing skills often creating a nightmare for his opposition.  Opposing defensemen must respect Namestnikov as he can dangle one-on-one or thread the needle to a teammate in the blink of an eye.  

Scouts absolutely love the tool box of offensive skills that Namestnikov brings to the rink every night but the intangibles are what really separates the emerging Knight from other prospects. Namestnikov competes hard and has shown a drive to become a better all-around player as he works on developing to become a better defensive player.  As a smaller player, Namestnikov often plays with no fear as he drives to the net, thrives in tight areas of the rink and does not shy away from physical play.  The talented Namestnikov projects to be a playmaker but his goal totals (in the OHL and International play) have scouts thrilled about his sniping abilities as well.  Namestnikov finished second in team scoring with 68 points and led the Knights in goal scoring with 30 goals.

The city of Voskresensk has been home to many NHL Russian stars including Andrei Markov, Igor Larionov, Sergei Berezin and Valeri Kamensky but Vladislav Namestnikov is hoping that it will be his name that the hockey world remembers the most.


Top Prospects Game:

Namestnikov competed for Team Orr in the CHL Top Prospects game and recorded the primary assist on Dougie Hamilton’s powerplay goal.

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