Duff: Namestnikov finding his way

Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff filed a notebook article which discusses Vladislav Namestnikov’s superb 2021-2022 season performance thus far:

He can’t put his finger on exactly what it is. All that Vladislav Namestnikov can assess with any semblance of accurate precision is that something was definitely off last season, his debut campaign with the Detroit Red Wings.

“Just last year was a weird year for me,” Namestnikov said. “The pandemic, a lot of posts. Sometimes that happens.”

So far this year, it’s fair to say that a lot is on in terms of Namestnikov’s game. He’s certainly been one of the pleasant developments for the club as the were entering the holiday break.

“I think I’m just more comfortable in the room,” said Namestnikov, the nephew of two-time Red Wings Stanley Cup winner Slava Kozlov. “I know the systems now. I’m out there and I’m just playing hockey.”

The stats sheet already shows him scoring nine goals in 31 games. That’s one more than Namestnikov’s production during 53 games of the 2021 campaign.


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