The Nashville Predators have announced the signing of their second round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft Vladislav Kamenev to a three-year entry level contract. He is expected to make his North American professional debut this coming season and should be another piece to the puzzle for the 2015-16 Milwaukee Admirals.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (July 10, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has signed forward Vladislav Kamenev (vla-dih-SLAHV KA-men-ehv) to a three-year entry-level contract. Nashville’s second choice, 42nd overall (second round), in the 2014 Entry Draft is expected to play his first season in North America in 2015-16.
Kamenev, 18 (8/12/96), ranked third among Kontinental Hockey League junior players in goals (6) and tied for fourth in points (10) with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2014-15. The Orsk, Russia native also helped his homeland earn a silver medal at the 2015 World Junior Championship, tying for second on the team in assists (3) in the process.
In his draft year, the 6-3, 182-pound left wing helped Magnitogorsk win the 2014 Gagarin Cup Championship and captained Russia at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, tying for sixth in tournament assists, and for seventh in points (2g-5a-7pts). Kamenev also ranked third in assists (6), and tied for fourth in points (7) at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, helping Russia to a silver medal, and suited up for all four of Russia’s games at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
He is currently attending 2015 Nashville Predators Development Camp presented by Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Antioch, which concludes Saturday with a scrimmage, open house, and used equipment sale at Ford Ice Center.
Even at the age of 18-years old Kamenev already has 57 games games of experience with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL where he has scored 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists). Elite Prospects lists him as both a center and a left winger. With him potentially part of the Admirals it’ll be interesting to see if he begins his career off on the wing or down the middle because of the amount of centers already on the roster. It provides the coaching staff yet another option to play around with but, even more importantly, another dash of skill to an already exciting team.