We begin another season of 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 October 15, 2014 is … Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).
When Vladdy Namestnikov was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he was a pencil-thin kamikaze forward with the London Knights with a sweet set of hands. It’s said every draft, and every draft it’s ignored – teams don’t draft for now, they draft for five years from now.
HIFK 4 vs. HPK 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was -1 in 12:55 of ice time in HPK's 5-4 victory over HIFK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a helper in the win for HPK.
Nizhnekamsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-2-6, -2, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored the GWG 3:35 into OT and had a helper on the game's opening goal in Yugra's 4-3 win over Nizhnekamsk. Gusev played 17:24 in the match.
Lightning run into a bad mix of fatigue and the Devils' style of play.
Evgeni Nabokov allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut. I have no complaints. He gave his team an opportunity to win.
7:38 NJ Zajac (1), (Greene, Cammalleri)
8:59 TB Killorn (1), (Johnson, Stralman)
11:19 NJ Cammalleri (4), (Elias, Havlat)(PP)
Nabokov was the game's second star.
It was a tough spot. 4th game in 6 nights. Back end of the back-to-back. The Devils a grinding team with the refs letting them play. And, then you fall behind to them. It's a really tough spot to find yourself in, and the Lightning did well to tie the game in the Third Period, which is typically impossible against New Jersey. But, in the end, they got the greasy goal they needed to snap the tie and win the contest. Valiant effort, and I suspect the outcome would've been more favorable if the Lightning had been able to maintain their First Period pace and intensity.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and was 40% on draws in 10:35. Namesy and Kucherov set up some nice opportunities, but the Devils did a good job keeping them out of the high traffic areas for second opportunities, which allowed Schneider to do what he needed to do to get NJ the victory.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Dmitry Korobov played 21:54 in his regular season debut as Mytischi knocked off Minsk 3-2 in the shootout. Korobov had missed the first month of the year with a broken hand. Igor Radulov had a goal and the shootout winner for Atlant.
Zagreb 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 19/20, 1.02 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-4-2, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .910 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava lost a 1-0 goaltending duel to Barry Brust and Zagreb. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Segal scored the lone goal of the contest, which was assisted by ex-Norfolk Admiral Martin St. Pierre.