Vladislav Namestnikov has finally got the call he has been waiting for. The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled him from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League along with goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.
Namestnikov was originally drafted by the Lightning with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft after a 30 goal and 38 assist performance for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
In the past two seasons with the Crunch, he has scored 20 goals and added 31 assists for 51 points. He sits tied for the team lead in assists, points and power play goals.
With Valtteri Filppula injured, it looks like Namestnikov will finally get his opportunity to play in his first NHL game tomorrow night against the Detroit Red Wings. With Filppula’s injury set to keep him out for three weeks, Namestnikov might have the chance to give the Lightning a better look at his offensive talents in the week after the Olympics.
Gudlevskis will back up Anders Lindback for as long as Ben Bishop is out of the lineup with his upper-body injury. It’s unlikely that he will see any game action since Bishop is more than likely to be healed before the Olympics end.
He was drafted 124th overall (fifth round) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has split the season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and the Crunch, raking up a total of 18 wins between the two teams. He has a .900 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.69 with the Crunch. For only 21 years old, he seems to be climbing up the ranks rather quickly.