Oct 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
On Sunday, Tampa Bay prospect Vladislav Namestnikov suffered a shoulder injury while playing for AHL Syracuse.
Today, the severity of said injury was released — and it’s not good news.
Namestnikov will be out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, according to Crunch GM Julien BriseBois.
“It’s a tough situation for Vladdy,” head coach Jon Cooper told Syracuse.com. “He’s a rookie, one of our prized prospects. He came in here looking to make a splash, which he did. His upside is limitless.
“It’s tough to see him lose a part of his first year pro.”
Namestnikov — who’s uncle, Vyacheslav Kozlov, played in Detroit with current Bolts GM Steve Yzerman — was taken 27th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft after a stellar rookie campaign with OHL London.
The Russian center scored 68 points in 68 games in his first year as a Knight, then followed that up with 71 points in 63 games during his sophomore campaign (he chipped in with 18 points in 19 playoff games as well.)
In his first season with Syracuse, Namestnikov had two assists in five games.
- Preds’ Neal fined for diving 9
- After surprising start, Flames sign Hartley to multi-year contract extension 3
- Update your wallcharts: Rangers confirm Brassard has mumps 10
- Video: Coyotes defeat Oilers with 0.3 seconds remaining in OT 3
- It’s ‘unlikely’ Duncan Keith has the mumps, says Blackhawks coach 3
- Bjugstad scores the winner as Panthers, Capitals make history with 20-round shootout 20
- Yep, Beau Bennett has the mumps 24
- (Video) PHT Extra: Would the Oilers really trade Taylor Hall? 11
- Russia’s economic crisis causing big trouble for KHL 56
- Eakins calls for patience in Edmonton, whether fans ‘like it or not’ 15