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Namestnikov Cut from Team Russia

In surprising news this morning, Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov was cut from Russia’s representation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

The news was reported by respected Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov, who is based in the U.S.

Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) called the move a “surprise,” saying he was told Namestnikov was viewed as a first/second line forward and “there are players on those lines better than he is.”

Namestnikov was originally practicing on Russia’s top line. He had a penalty in Russia’s first pre-tournament game and was not on the scoresheet in their second contest.

2011 second rounder Nikita Kucherov, who has two goals and two assists in two pre-tournament games, and 2011 fifth rounder Nikita Nesterov both made Team Russia.

"Back to London," Namestnikov tweeted after the news was released.

Namestnikov returns to the London Knights of the OHL where he has 40 points in 33 games.

Bolts Recall Oberg (Again) and J.T. Wyman

(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing JT Wyman and defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Wyman, 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, has played in 29 games with Norfolk this season, recording six goals and 12 points with just six penalty minutes. His plus-10 rating ranks fourth on the team, third among forwards. In the five games leading up to his recall, Wyman has posted two goals and three points with a plus-4 rating. He has an even plus rating in 25 of 29 games this season.

Admirals Reassign Landry to Everblades

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Charles Landry from the Admirals to the ECHL's Florida Everblades, Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Landry, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, has appeared in 15 games for the Admirals this season, registering five assists, 17 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. The pro rookie also appeared in one game for the Admirals during the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Last season, the 20-year-old native of Napierville, Québec, appeared in 57 games with the Montreal Juniors of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), recording career bests with 11 goals and 40 points. He also registered a plus-26 rating. Landry led the team in goals by a defenseman, was third in points by a defenseman and was tied for third overall in plus/minus. He also posted one goal and three points in ten playoff games for the Juniors.

Concurrent with Landry's reassignment to the Everblades, the Admirals announced that they had signed defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté to a standard AHL contract. Côté was signed to tryout agreement on November 18. The Lightning also reassigned blueline prospect Evan Oberg from Tampa to the Admirals squad.

Blair Jones Recalled from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, began the season with the Lightning, playing in 10 games and recording one assist. He logged a season-high 11:12 in ice time October 22 vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Jones has appeared in 66 career NHL games, notching two goals and seven points. He was assigned to the Admirals on November 25.

Bolts Shake Up Blueline; Recall Newly Acquired Prospect Evan Oberg

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will wear No. 43.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He was assigned to Norfolk and played in one game. Prior to being acquired, Oberg played in 12 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League this season, notching two assists with 14 penalty minutes. He has played in 125 career AHL games with the Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg has played in four career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on April 10, 2009. Oberg was then acquired by Florida with the Canucks’ third-round choice in 2013 in exchange for Chris Higgins on February 28, 2011. Before joining the professional ranks he played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

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