In surprising news this morning, Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov was cut from Russiaâ€™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 â€œsurprise,â€ saying he was told Namestnikov was viewed as a first/second line forward and â€œthere are players on those lines better than he is.â€
Namestnikov was originally practicing on Russiaâ€™s top line. He had a penalty in Russiaâ€™s first pre-tournament game and was not on the scoresheet in their second contest.
"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.