2008-09: Vladislav Namestnikov played for Khimik Voskresensk-2 in the Russian junior league. He played for Russia at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 8 goals and adding 2 assists for 10 points in 5 games.
2009-10: In 26 games for Khimik Voskresensk, Namestnikov scored 11 goals and added 6 assists for 17 points. Namestnikov played for Russia at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 5 goals and adding 2 assists for 7 points in 7 games. Namestnikov was chosen in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2010 CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s London Knights.
2010-11: In his OHL rookie season, Namestnikov played in 68 games for the London Knights. He scored 30 goals and added 38 assists for 68 points. In 6 playoff games, Namestnikov scored 1 goal and added 4 assists for 5 points. Namestnikov played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, picking up 1 assist in his team’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry. Namestnikov was chosen in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2011 KHL Draft by Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
2011-12: Namestnikov was the second-leading scorer for OHL champion London in his second season with the Knights. A surprising late cut from the Russian U20 team that played in the 2012 World Junior Championship, he scored 22 goals with a team-high 49 assists and was plus-15 with 50 penalty minutes in 63 games for the Knights. London had the OHL’s best record in the regular season and rolled through the playoffs. Namestnikov scored 4 goals with 14 assists and was plus-10 with 18 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. He scored 2 goals and was minus-three in four games at the Memorial Cup tournament.
2012-13: Signed two a three-year, entry-level contract by the Lightning in March of 2012, Namestnikov played for Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse in his first pro season. Making his debut with the Crunch as a 19-year-old, he scored 7 goals with 14 assists in 44 regular season games — missing two months due to a shoulder injury in October — and was +4 with 32 penalty minutes. Syracuse finished first in the East Division and reached the AHL Finals against Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids. Namestnikov scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +7 with 10 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games.
2013-14: Namestnikov made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay in February in a game against the Red Wings and skated in four late season games with the Lightning. He was the second-leading scorer for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse behind 2010 first round pick Brett Connolly. He had no points and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 9:28 minutes of ice time in his brief time with Tampa Bay and did not appear in any playoff games. Namestnikov scored 19 goals with 29 assists and was -1 with 40 penalty minutes in 56 AHL games for Syracuse. The Crunch finished fifth in the East Division, missing the AHL playoffs.
2014-15: Namestnikov split his third pro season between the Lightning and AHL affiliate Syracuse. He scored 9 goals with 7 assists and was +1 with 13 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for Tampa Bay, averaging 12 minutes of ice time. He appeared in 10 NHL playoff games heading into the Eastern Conference finals, registering 1 assist and finishing -2 with 4 penalty minutes while averaging eight minutes per game. Namestnikov was a point-per-game scorer while playing for the AHL’s Crunch. In 34 regular season games he scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was +11 with 12 penalty minutes.
Namestnikov is an offensively-gifted forward with high level stick handling skills and skating ability. He continues to refine his positional play, particularly his defensive awareness and consistency. He has dominated at the AHL level and appears close to cracking the NHL on a permanent basis. Namestnikov should continue to improve as he develops physically and adds the strength and bulk necessary to compete on a nightly basis.
Namestnikov began the 2014-15 season with the Lightning before being returned to AHL affiliate Syracuse in December and was re-called in March, skating in a lower line role for Tampa Bay down the stretch and in the playoffs. Long-term Namestnikov's skill set and offensive instincts suggest he should be a consistent scorer at the NHL one day as he matures physically and becomes more responsible in his own end.