It's the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning as the last two teams standing in the Eastern Conference. Who will play for the Stanley Cup? We'll soon find out. But first, let's look at who plays for the Lightning.
Name: Vladislav Namestnikov
Weight: 170 lbs
Born: November 22nd, 1992 (23 years old)
Drafted: TB 1st Round 2011, 27th Overall
2015-16 stat line: 80 games played, 14 goals, 21 assists, 45 penalty minutes
2014-15 playoff stat line: 14GP, 0G, 1A
2015-16 stats vs Penguins: 3 GP, 3G, 2A
2015-16 5v5 Advanced Stats: 55.14 CF%, +3.97% Corsi Relative, 102.45 PDO
Player detail (via The Hockey News Player Page)
2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning player usage, via War on Ice
HERO Chart (via Domenic Galamini):
Analysis: As far as the stats go and Namestnikov's usage goes, he can score goals at a first line rate, while seeing third and fourth line minutes. That's fantastic in terms of depth. His possession metric numbers are very good, and that probably comes as a result of scoring goals when he's on the ice.
Most common line mates: Namestnikov didn't really spend any specific time with two linemates like a lot of players do. He spent the most ice time with Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman on the back end, but up front, he has seen significant time with Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Brian Boyle.
Why you should know who he is: Well, to start, he scored a hat trick against the Penguins this season.
As we saw in the series between the Penguins and Capitals, depth was so, so important. The top-six players kinda cancelled each other out, and the Penguins depth rose above.It'll be very interesting to see how the depth storylines play out.
How the Pens can stop him: Assuming that the Penguins attempt to use the Letang pairing against the Triplets, (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov) you'd have to assume that the second or third pairing would take on this 4th line featuring a great goal scorer. It seems like he's the kind of player that can be moved around the lineup and produce anywhere. That's scary.