Lightning Keep Key Role Players On Roster !

Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning resigned forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to both one year, two way contracts, according to Vice President, General Manager Steve Yzerman. Namestnikov had his moment this past season, but it was a good rookie year for the young 22 year old Russian. Namestnikov scored 9 times while dishing the puck for 7 assists and gathering 16 points on the regular season, per  Vlad is a solid 3rd or 4th line center and can provide offense to those defensive lines, but he plays an underrated defense. If Namestnikov reaches his offensive potential he could play on the 2nd line, that is if Tyler Johnson moves up a line, but I doubt Jon Cooper will dismantle the Triplet line.  Vlad will be competing for a roster spot and ice time if he makes the team. He will most likely be competing with versatile center/winger Jonathan Marchessault. Witkowski adds physically and fighting ability to the roster. His style of play is a need for the Lightning. Witkowski is heading into camp battling for a roster spot. Witkowski will battle with rookie Anthony DeAngelo and any other defenseman they trade for or bring in from the open market. Witkowski does not show much on the stat line, but he could lead the league in hits. The only way that happens is if he can play on a daily basis.

( Namestnikov and Witkowski
Namestnikov and Witkowski

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