Should the Rangers choose to engage in trade negotiations, Vladislav Namestnikov is one name that they should pursue. The young center of the Tampa Bay Lightning is likely to be another candidate to be exposed come draft time.
Namestnikov offers a slightly different skillset than Lindberg, as evident by his usage during his time with the Bolts. The young Russian started 58% of his zone starts in his opponents end. This would be a drastic change in role, compared to Lindberg’s usage as a primarily defensive center (55.9dZS%).
However, Namestnikov played in one of the most impressive farm system’s in the NHL, and is no stranger to the penalty kill. If the Rangers intend to keep with their trend of getting younger and faster, Namestnikov represents a high-upside acquisition to consider.