DETROIT ADDS DMAN TROY STECHER and C VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV
Stecher Notched 75 Points in 286 Games with Vancouver from 2016-20
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Troy Stecher on a two-year contract.
Stecher, 26, has accrued four NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling 75 points (11-64-75) and 124 penalty minutes in 286 games. Stecher skated in all 69 games with Vancouver in 2019-20, picking up 17 points (5-12-17), a career-best plus-10 rating and 32 penalty minutes in 15:21 average time on ice. He also made his NHL postseason debut and chipped in three points (2-1-3) and 10 penalty minutes in 17 postseason games with the Canucks. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound defenseman also ranked among Vancouver leaders in the regular season with 69 hits (T7th) and 70 blocked shots (4th). Stecher was signed by the Canucks as an undrafted free agent on April 13, 2016 and has played all but four games of his professional career in the NHL, making only a four-game stop in the American Hockey League with the Utica Comets in 2016-17.
A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Stecher spent three seasons at the University of North Dakota prior to turning pro and collected 53 points (13-40-53), a plus-46 rating and 73 penalty minutes in 119 collegiate games from 2013-16. He finished with a well-decorated junior season that saw him win a National Championship with North Dakota, and he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, NCAA Second All-American Team and NCHC Second All-Star Team. Stecher also won a championship in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Penticton Vees in 2011-12 and was named the BCHL’s best defenseman the following season after tying for second in the nation in points by a defenseman (8-39-47 in 52 games). Additionally, Stecher made his international debut for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, capturing a silver medal after contributing three points (1-2-3) and a plus-nine rating in 10 games.
NAMESTNIKOV AGREES TO TERMS WITH DETROIT
Namestnikov Has Played 425 Games with Tampa Bay, NY Rangers, Ottawa and Colorado
The Red Wings also agreed to terms with center Vladislav Namestnikov on a two-year contract.
Namestnikov, 27, was originally drafted in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lighting and spent parts of five seasons with the team from 2013-18. The 6-foot, 183-pound forward has totaled 425 NHL games between the Lightning, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche, registering 189 points (83-106-189) and 227 penalty minutes. Namestnikov played for three teams in 2019-20, appearing in two games with the Rangers prior to a trade to Ottawa, where he tallied 25 points (13-12-25) in 54 games before he was moved to Colorado at the trade deadline. With the Avalanche, he recorded six points (4-2-6) in nine regular-season games and added five points (4-1-5) in 12 playoff games. Namestnikov is two years removed from his most productive NHL campaign, when he picked up 48 points (22-26-48) in 81 games between the Lightning and Rangers in 2017-18. He also skated in 134 American Hockey League games with the Syracuse Crunch, recording 104 points (40-64-104) and 84 penalty minutes and making the 2015 AHL All-Star Game.
Born in Zhukovskiy, Russia, Namestnikov spent part of his childhood in Michigan and has multiple family members with NHL connections, including his father, Evgeny Namestnikov, who played 43 NHL games with Vancouver, NY Islanders and Nashville between 1993-00, and his uncle, Vyacheslav Kozlov, a member of the Russian Five who played for Detroit from 1992-01 and totaled 1,182 NHL games until 2009-10. Prior to turning professional, Namestnikov racked up 139 points (52-87-139), a plus-27 rating and 99 penalty minutes in 131 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, winning an OHL championship in 2012. On the international stage, Namestnikov has represented Russia at multiple international tournaments, most notably winning a bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship after picking up six points (3-3-6) in 10 games.