The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that the club reassigned forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Namestnikov, 22, has skated in 23 games with the Lightning this season, posting three goals and seven points to go along with four penalty minutes. He recorded his first career NHL goal and assist on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward has played in 27 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons.
A native of Zhukovskiy, Russia, he has appeared in 100 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, registering 26 goals and 69 points. Last season he set AHL career high totals for games played (56), goals (19), assists (29), points (48) and penalty minutes (40).
BP Commentary: Finally.
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for December 3, 2014 is … Philippe Paradis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).
Philippe Paradis’ mindset remains the same every shift.
No matter the line or who he is paired with, the Syracuse Crunch forward is focused on checking hard, creating space, and making the right passes to his linemates. Even after registering five goals and an assist in the last three games – statistically the best week of his professional career that earned him our Prospect of the Week award – Paradis knows he has to stick with his gritty game instead of worrying about the points.
(AHL Press Release)
The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch left wing Yanni Gourde, Hamilton Bulldogs center Charles Hudon and Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg have been selected as the CCM/AHL award winners for November.
Gourde, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, tallied nine goals and nine assists for 18 points along with a plus-13 rating in 13 games for the Crunch during November.
After recording just one assist in eight games during October, Gourde led the entire AHL in scoring in November, beginning with an assist on the go-ahead goal in the Crunch’s 6-3 win at Binghamton on Nov. 1. Gourde notched his first two goals of the season in the third period of a 5-4 win over Norfolk on Nov. 8, helping the Crunch rally from a three-goal deficit, and also had two-goal games on Nov. 15 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Nov. 19 at Hartford, both sparking come-from-behind wins as well. Gourde tallied the game-winning goal in the Crunch’s 2-1 win over Utica at the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic inside the Carrier Dome on Nov. 22, and registered his first three-point night of the year with a goal and two assists against the Comets on Nov. 26.
Vasya rising up.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's 2 quality starts out of his last 3, including the command performance in the Frozen Dome game. Now, if I'm Zettler, I declare Vasilevskiy the hot hand and see if I can ride him a little while. Time to see if that talent can translate to more results. Even without superior centermen, I feel Syracuse should score plenty of goals. They'll go as far as the goaltending takes them, though.
SYR Paradis, (6) (Gourde, Mormina), 6:06
HER Galiev, (3) (Carrick, Kennedy), 16:41 (PP)
SYR Kunyk, (3) (Vermin), 1:58
SYR Kunyk, (4) (Mormina), 14:51 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (8) (Gourde), 19:04
Cody Kunyk, Philippe Paradis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Kunyk pots the GWG and the insurance goal in a good night's work. Paradis has 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games this week, essentially daring Bolt Prospects not to select him Player of the Week. With 2 helpers, Yanni Gourde now has 9 goals and 18 points in 13 November contests. He and Jonathan Marchessault are now tied for 8th in the AHL in scoring (at the moment of this posting) with several others, 4 points back of the leader.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
A night that would otherwise be memorable for all the right reasons was soured for Philippe Paradis.
The Syracuse forward netted a natural hat trick in less than a five minute span to turn a two-goal deficit into a Crunch lead late in the first period. But the Binghamton Senators rallied for four goals in the third to top Syracuse, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"It doesn't matter how many goals you score, you just need the two points at the end of the day," Paradis said. "We didn't do it."