Winnipeg Jets forward Vladislav Namestnikov
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Vladislav Namestnikov Continues to Outperform Pierre-Luc Dubois Proving the Jets Won The Trade

Published January 1, 2024 at 6:33 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
The Winnipeg Jets have always struggled to secure top talent as the city is not a desirable destination for the top free agent players in the NHL. As a result, the team has to be creative with their drafting and trading strategies to remain competitive. Their players are proving that they have made good moves in recent years as some of their recent trade acquisitions have been outperforming expectations.

Namestnikov Outperforming Dubois After Blockbuster Trade



The Jets made one of the biggest trades in recent NHL history this offseason when they sent Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Kings in exchange for several players. The team also acquired Vladislav Namestnikov from the Sharks in exchange for a 4th round pick. Since the trade, Namestnikov has been a key part of the Jets Success. So far this year, Namestnikov has actually outscored Dubois despite being on a much smaller contract as he has been a perfect fit in the Jets middle six.




Dubois has just 7 goals and 14 points for the Kings this year despite making 8.5 million dollars against the cap. Namestnikov, on the other hand, has 4 goals and 17 points despite getting less ice time and playing one fewer game so far this season.


Kings Looking Bad In Early Returns In Dubois Trade



Namestnikov is only making 2 million dollars against the cap, making his contract currently far more efficient than Dubois. The Kings have been successful in their own right though, despite Dubois' relative lack of scoring compared to what was expected from him coming into this season. If he can finally get hot and return to peak form, the Kings could suddenly be one of the favorites to come out of the western conference.

Dubois has also been outscored by Alex Iafallo, who was one of the players the Jets received in exchange for him. The winger has 16 points including 6 goals. Gabe Vilardi, another piece of the trade has 12 points despite playing just 17 games, putting himself on a much high scoring pace than Dubois so far this season.

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