With the 27th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning select Vladimir Namestnikov, a center from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Namestnikov's strongest asset is his last name, which allows him to stand out relative to the North American players he goes head-to-head with in the OHL, thanks to the deep penetration of jersey letters into his arm pits. He's also a fast skater, and if you ask scouts that have seen Namestnikov play, that's usually the first thing you'll hear about.
He's a little undersized for his tall frame, but he's only been in the OHL for one year, so that's presumably something he can improve upon.
Read more on Vladimir Namestnikov at our Tampa Bay Lightning blog, Raw Charge.
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