Namestnikov, Vladislav

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.

World Juniors Game Night: 12-20-11

Russia 6 vs. USA 3 (Pre-tournament match)

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 2-0-2, 0 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0, 2 PIM
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: Did not play

Russia beat the U.S. 6-3 in Red Deer, Alberta, Tuesday night in pre-World Junior Championship exhibition play. The stats listed above are unofficial and based off comments from reporters at the game. Kucherov’s first goal was on the power play and his second was scored into an empty net. Russia still has to cut six players, but all Lightning prospects should be safe. The “real” games start the day after Christmas. (Pictured: Kucherov scoring on Stars first rounder Jack Campbell)

Lightning Prospect WJC Preview

Five Tampa Bay Lightning prospects will proudly don their home country’s sweater this holiday season to compete in the Under-20 World Junior Championships. The WJCs are arguably the most exciting international hockey tournament outside of the Olympics and playing for one’s country during this event is a career builder.

Last year Carter Ashton, Brett Connolly, and Canada came up short in the finals, allowing five third period goals to Russia in the gold medal game to lose, 5-3. Host team USA beat Sweden for the bronze in Buffalo, New York.

The last Lightning prospect to win a gold medal was Dustin Tokarski for Canada in 2009 when “The Tik” was player of the game in the championship game – a win over Victor Hedman and Sweden. Dana Tyrell was also a part of that Canadian team, but was injured in pre-tournament action and missed the tournament.

Here’s a look at each Lightning prospect participating in this year’s event, to be held December 26 through January 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Check NHL Network listings for broadcasts.

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