Avalanche acquires forward Vladislav Namestnikov

Ottawa Senators left wing Vladislav Namestnikov (90) controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period at the Pepsi Center. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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The Colorado Avalanche announced Monday that the team has acquired forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Namestnikov, 27, has tallied 25 points (13g/12a) in 54 games with the Senators this season. He suited up in two contests with the New York Rangers before getting traded to Ottawa on Oct. 7, 2019. Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Namestnikov has 183 points (79g/104a) in 416 career contests with the Lightning, Rangers and Senators. The 6-foot, 183-pound left wing has four points (1g/3a) in 29 playoff games, helping Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014-15 and to the Eastern Conference Final the following season.

Namestnikov played parts of three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch from 2012-15, producing 104 points (40g/64a) in 134 total contests and getting tabbed to play in the AHL All-Star Game in 2015.

Prior to turning pro, the Zhukovskiy, Russia, native suited up for the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights from 2010-12. He served as an alternate captain in his final season and led the Knights to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions. Namestnikov collected 139 points (52g/87a) in 131 career OHL games and added 23 points (5g/18a) in 25 postseason appearances.

Internationally, Namestnikov represented his country at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 and helped Russia capture the bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, finishing the tournament with six points (3g/3a) in 10 contests.

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