Dallas Stars: Vladislav Namestnikov
June, 22, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at forward Vladislav Namestnikov, who plays for London of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Vladislav Namestnikov. Rankings are final.
|Born: November 22, 1992/Zhukovskiy, Russia
Height/Weight: 6-0/166 pounds
2010-11 Team: London (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||11th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||25th overall|
|International Scouting Services||37th overall|
|The Hockey News||36th overall|
|Played for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, playing 68 games and ranking second on the team in points with 68 (30 goals, 38 assists) and first in plus/minus with a plus-12. Had 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 6 playoff games.|
|Played for Khimik Voskresensk (Russia-2) in 2009-10, registering 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games. Had 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 7 games for Russia at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship. Ranked second in goals (8) and tied for third in points (10) while playing 5 games for Russia at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating. Speed. Puck skills. Play-making.
Negatives: Still learning the North American game. Willingness to play in heavy traffic. Has yet to bring a physical component to the game. Slight build.
Link: ESPN.com Vladislav Namestnikov Profile
|"Vlad plays a high-energy, two-way game he's very aggressive on the forecheck and backcheck and has the ability to beat defenders outside and cut back to the net. He has an excellent wrist shot that he can release with accuracy on the rush." - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"A good skater, he doesn't have explosive speed or a dynamic separation gear, but is quick, shifty and opportunistic. Although a smaller player he is always in motion and proves to be an extremely difficult player to keep in check. He is smart around the net, finds the open ice and can score several ways. He has excellent puck skills, displays very soft hands and has a great touch when moving the puck. He has the ability to make plays at top speed." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He a niftier, offense-type of center. He does work in all areas of the ice, but his ability to make plays either individually or as a playmaker is his biggest asset." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
|2009-10||Khimik Voskresensk (Russia-2)||26||11||6||17||-||-|