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2014 NHL Draft Central


Predators select Vladislav Kamenev with the 42nd overall pick

Leading up to the 42nd overall pick, there were questions to whether or not the Predators would even have a selection in the second round or if they would trade them both away in favor of a top line center to help newly acquired James Neal.

In the end, though, they went ahead and used their first second round choice to draft Vladislav Kamenev from Magnitogorsk of the MHL (Russia’s Junior Hockey League).

Putting up ten points (4g, 6a) in 15 games for Magnitogorsk, Kamenev is a big winger at over 6’2″ and a shade north of 200 pounds. Here’s his talent analysis from Hockey’s Future:

“Kamenev is a good-skating center with an excellent set of hands, and is a very interesting prospect thanks to his size, use of the body, and puck skills. The native of Orsk, Russia can be very effective along the boards as he can use his size to his advantage and can also be very useful in front of the crease. He has a good shot, but is not a goal-scorer, as he, as many other Russians, plays more of a pass-first type of game. He also seems to have a good work ethic and hasn’t had many problems with penalties in his career.”

With selecting a Russian forward with their second pick in the draft, Nashville’s going to have to really focus on honing his abilities and develop him further. With the right work, Kamenev could be a dynamic forward for the Predators in the future.