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Islanders Draft Central Day 11: Vladislav Namestnikov & Gregory Hofmann

With 11 days left until the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, help the New York Islanders count down to draft day, where they will have the fifth overall pick.

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:00 AM / 2011 Draft Central
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders Draft Central Day 11: Vladislav Namestnikov & Gregory Hofmann
Vladislav Namestnikov, a center for London of the Ontario Hockey League, and Gregory Hofmann, a center for Ambri, are ranked eleventh on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.
draft profiles
Vladislav Namestnikov
North American Skater
London, OHL
Final Rank:  11
Midterm Rank:  17
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  166
Born:  November 22, 1992
Hometown:  Zhukovskiy, RUS
Gregory Hofmann
European Skater
Ambri, SWISS
Final Rank:  11 Midterm Rank:  19
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  170
Born:  November 13, 1992
Hometown:  Switzerland

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Vladislav Namestnikov - Namestnikov is another of the Russians who was very good in his first year in North America. He is a very skilled playmaker who makes other players better. He is a smooth skater and while he is more of a playmaker, he showed the ability to finish as well. He had the most goals on his team (30) and was second in points (68).

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
On Vladislav Namestnikov - Vlad plays a high-energy, two-way game he's very aggressive on the forecheck and backcheck and has the ability to beat defenders outside and cut back to the net. He has an excellent wrist shot that he can release with accuracy on the rush. "I find him most effective at center, but he is versatile enough to play a solid game on the wing, he's very responsible defensively and is not afraid of getting involved and battling for pucks. He'll take the body and take a hit to make a play.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Gregory Hofmann - Hofmann is a hard working two-way player who plays very physical and skates well.

1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
London Knights

The London Knights were founded in 1965 as the London Nationals, but were soon renamed the Knights after new ownership took over the team in 1968. The 2004-05 season proved to be best for the Knights as they won the highest honor in junior hockey - the Memorial Cup. The most recent player chosen by the Islanders out of London was 2009 first overall pick John Tavares.

If the Islanders select Vladislav Namestnikov, he would join Tavares, Chris Taylor (1990, 27th overall), Mike Murray (1984, 104th overall), Dave Simpson (1980, 59th overall) and Billy Carroll (1979, 38th overall) as the sixth player drafted from the Knights.



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