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NHL Draft Profiles: Vladislav Namestnikov

Updated: September 16, 2010, 7:45 PM ET
By Charles Curtis

Strange as it may seem, Vladislav Namestnikov has a North American game trapped in a Russian body.

Standing at 6-feet and 170 pounds, the 17-year-old center has the speed, hands and scoring touch of his Russian compatriots. But what has scouts raving is Namestnikov's two-way game, one that closely resembles that of North American skaters. "Vladislav has all the skills and talent to be a great player," says E.J. McGuire, the NHL's director of central scouting. "He has a high understanding of the game and an ability to make things happen. And he compensates for a lack of size with straight-ahead speed."

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