TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
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 tallied his first career game-winning goal on October 24 in Winnipeg. Namestnikov has played in 27 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons.
The Zhukovskiy, Russia native has skated in 16 games with Syracuse this season, posting seven goals and 17 points to go along with a plus-1 rating. Namestnikov ranks fifth on the Crunch for points this season. He has appeared in 116 career AHL games, all with the Crunch, registering 33 goals and 86 points. Last season he set AHL career high totals for games played (56), goals (19), assists (29), points (48) and penalty minutes (40).