Yakov Trenin Signs Entry-Level Contract with Predators

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The Predators locked up another centerman by signing Iakov Yakov Trenin to his ELC this morning, with the announcement coming an hour after Vladislav Kamenev's contract announcement.

Trenin was the Predators first selection in this year's draft, and is another center with adequate size and projects to be a two-way center in the NHL. His ceiling is similar to Kamenev's, but we were able to see more flashy plays from him this past year due to the league and competition Trenin faced.

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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.

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