Tampa Bay Lightning selects with the 27th pick of the draft center Vladislav Namestnikov

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, with the No. 27 overall pick of the draft chose center Vladislav Namestnikov from London of the junior Ontario league.

Namestnikov is 18 years old and is 6 feet, 166 pounds. Here is his draft card, courtesy of the NHL:

 In his first season in the Ontario Hockey League, he led the Knights with 30 goals (30-38--68), 11 on the power play, and a plus-12 rating in 2010-11.

• Namestnikov represented Russia at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships in Belarus, tying for the team lead with five goals (5-2--7) in seven games – Russia finished fourth. He also represented his country at the World Under-17 Challenge tallying eight goals (8-2-10) in five games.

• His father, Evgeny Namestnikov was drafted 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 and played 43 NHL games with the Canucks, New York Islanders and Nashville Predators from 1993 to 2000 before returning to play in Russia. His mother was an elite figure skater in Russia.

• Namestnikov’s uncle, is former NHLer and Stanley Cup Champion Vyacheslav ‘Slava’ Kozlov -- “He always took me to the rink and showed me the locker room, got to meet all the guys. So it was really great growing up with him. (My favorite was) probably Steve Yzerman. He was the captain of the Red Wings at that time.”

• From Voskresensk, Russia, a city an hour-and-a-half north of Moscow, he moved to the U.S. for the first time when he was eight-months old. He started skating when he was four and his first hockey team was the Troy Sting.

 

[Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 12:15am]

    

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