Namestnikov delivered a pair of power-play assists in Saturday's 7-1 drubbing of the Penguins at home. The Russian is planted on a top line that's considered one of the very best in the league, joining forces with fellow countryman Nikita Kucherov (16 points in nine games) and Steven Stamkos (18 in nine). Namestnikov himself has collected three goals and seven helpers this season, with half of his points taking place on the man advantage. Tampa Bay's offense looks ridiculously good in the early going, so continue rolling each of these guys out with confidence.
Namestnikov tallied an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over St. Louis. Namestnikov has five points (two goals, three assists) in five games and three of those have come on the power play. Add in 15 hits and 13 shots, and you have solid, multi-category production. He should be owned in the majority of settings at this stage of the game.
Namestnikov has looked sharp on the Lightning's top line, delivering three points, including two goals, in his first two games. Both of his goals came on the power play. Namestnikov is skating with Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, and looks every part a top-line winger. He brings a defensive conscience to the trio and a solid ability to dish pucks, which is a sweet combination when skating with two elite goal-scorers.
Namestinikov skated with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov at the Lightning's training camp Friday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Don't read too much into the combos at camp -- it's the first day on the ice. But just remember that Namestnikov has the speed and skill to be the third wheel with those two studs. And that could mean a breakout this season if that combo sticks.
Namestnikov is playing alongside Nikita Kucherov for Russia at the World Championships in Paris, and he's picked up two goals with two assists in three games. Namestnikov is coming off a down year in which he even found himself a healthy scratch at one point. But he's playing solid hockey right now despite being under the specter of possible exposure for June's expansion draft. Namestnikov could find himself on the unprotected list, but the team hasn't made any decisions on that matter just yet. Perhaps his international performance will influence management's decision to some degree.
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