Yakov Trenin Signs Entry Level Contract

“The Nashville Predators and Russian hockey players go together like Chinese food and chocolate pudding let’s face it.” ~Cal Naughton, Jr.

Vladislav Kamenev won’t be the only Russian second round draft pick taken by the Nashville Predators that gets his entry level contract stamped out today. Nope. The Predators have also come to terms with their second rounder and first selection taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, Yakov Trenin.

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 2015 draft pick Yakov Trenin to a three-year entry-level contract.

“He’s a big center, who plays a solid two-way game,” Predators North American Amateur Scout J-P Glaude said upon selecting him last month. “Despite coming from Russia as a 17-year-old who didn’t speak a word of English, he averaged more than a point per game and was fantastic defensively, especially in the playoffs when he was used on the power play, killing penalties, five-on-three and three-on-five. I see him as a complete, top-two center that can put points on the board and the coaches will love to have because he can play in any situation.”

Trenin, 18 (1/13/97), ranked third among QMJHL rookies in assists (49), fifth in points (67) and seventh in goals (18) with Gatineau in 2014-15, his first season in North America. The 6-1, 194-pound center then ranked second among rookies and led the Olympiques in the 2015 QMJHL Playoffs in points (3g-8a-18pts) despite playing in only two rounds (11gp).

Nashville’s first choice, 55th overall (second round), in the 2015 Entry Draft and a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Trenin 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.

While Kamanev should be part of the Milwaukee Admirals for the 2015-16 season I’m pretty certain the same can’t be said here. Trenin is 18-years of age and should probably end up back with Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. In fact, per the agreement between the NHL and CHL regarding junior playing time against the likes of the AHL/ECHL, I’m pretty sure that Trenin wouldn’t be eligible to play for Milwaukee until the final year of his entry level contract.

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