Namestnikov, Vladislav

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-4-12

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts @ Victoriaville Tigres 5 (OT)

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 0-5-5, -14, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan made his Victoriaville debut, which ended up to be an overtime win for the Tigres over the league’s top team. Blackhawks 2011 first rounder Phillip Danault, who just signed an entry level contract with Chicago this week, scored the overtime winner. Victoriaville, who acquired Milan earlier this week from Moncton for two younger players, has revamped their backline and are still rumored to be after Moncton captain Brandon Gormley.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau is with Team Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta.

OHL

London Knights 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-4-4, +2, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 17-27-44, +12, 28 PIM

Namestnikov played his first game since being cut from Team Russia for what turned out to be a lower body injury that kept him out of the Knights’ next three games. He was named second star because former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a goal and three assists for First Star. Griffith and Namestnikov continue to produce well together – something some Lightning fans would like to see in the future with the big club. This was the second four-assist game for Namestnikov in his last five contests.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-1-12

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Sarnia Sting 0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 33 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

Namestnikov missed his third straight game due to a lower body injury. 2012 draft eligible goalie Michael Houser was First Star for the Knights, stopping all 36 shots he faced. London was outshot 36-19 in the game.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-10-10, +2, 18 PIM

Schemitsch (pictured) had his first multi-point regular season game since October 30 of 2010, but the Attack couldn’t top the Gens in Oshawa. He had two assists in a playoff game last year. Oshawa’s Christian Thomas, son of Lightning staffer and former NHLer Steve Thomas, had a goal and an assist for First Star honors.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-30-11

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 4

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 33 saves on 36 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 6 GP, 2-4-0, 3.32 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox played for the first time since December 9 and broke a four-game losing streak by beating Sioux City, 4-3. Wilcox had lost the No.1 job to Phoenix Copley, but Copley was shelled Wednesday night giving Wilcox an opening Friday.

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-4-4, -12, 29 PIM

Milan’s scoreless streak hit 14 games in the loss.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau is with Team Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 3 @ London Knights 7

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 33 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

After Namestnikov was a surprise cut by Team Russia at the World Junior tournament, rumors started swirling he was injured when trying to make the team though nothing had been announced. Friday was the second straight game for London that Namestnikov has missed due to a “lower body injury,” giving those rumors some credibility. Speaking of credibility, it’s a lot easier to handle Namestnikov – a first round pick of the Lightning in 2011 – not making the team due to an injury than not being good enough. On Friday, Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a hat trick for the Knights. He also added an assist. Griffith (pictured) now has 29 goals and 50 points in 35 games.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-8-8, +1, 16 PIM

Schemitsch couldn’t string together two straight games with an assist and Owen Sound couldn’t beat the Rangers at the Aud in Kitchener on Friday, losing 4-1. Schemitsch had an assist Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Niagara.

Namestnikov Cut from Team Russia

In surprising news this morning, Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov was cut from Russia’s representation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

The news was reported by respected Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov, who is based in the U.S.

Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) called the move a “surprise,” saying he was told Namestnikov was viewed as a first/second line forward and “there are players on those lines better than he is.”

Namestnikov was originally practicing on Russia’s top line. He had a penalty in Russia’s first pre-tournament game and was not on the scoresheet in their second contest.

2011 second rounder Nikita Kucherov, who has two goals and two assists in two pre-tournament games, and 2011 fifth rounder Nikita Nesterov both made Team Russia.

"Back to London," Namestnikov tweeted after the news was released.

Namestnikov returns to the London Knights of the OHL where he has 40 points in 33 games.

World Juniors Game Night: 12-22-11

Pre-tournament

Canada 7 vs. Switzerland 1

RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Canada earned their second pre-tournament win in two games before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Connolly did not register a point, but as one of the team’s alternate captains was entrusted with penalty kill duty – a sign of respect from legendary junior coach Don Hay.

Russia 5 vs. Czech Republic 3

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 0-2-2
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0

These totals are very unofficial as no score was listed on the tournament’s official site and the boxscore was posted on a message board. If it helps, one of the comments from someone at the game said Kucherov looked good. Let’s just assume it’s true. Namestnikov and Nesterov weren’t on the scoresheet, so they could have been scoreless or they may not have played. In fact, respected Russian reporter Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting Namestnikov was cut from the team. Nesterov and Kucherov made the team. (Photo of Kucherov's celebration is from the USA game earlier this week)

Slovakia 0 vs. Finland 3

D Adam Janosik, SVK: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Finland topped Slovakia in pre-tournament action Wednesday.

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