2010-11: Vladislav Kamenev scored 32 goals with 22 assists and had 132 penalty minutes in 43 games with Metalurg Magnitogorsk’s 1995-born team. He played for the Ural Region in the Russian U-15 championships and was -1 with no points or penalties in four games.
2011-12: Kamenev played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s 1995 and 1996 teams in the Ural region of Russia. In eight games with the ’95 team he had 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes. He scored 35 goals with 20 assists and had 79 penalty minutes in 32 games with the ’96 squad.
2012-13: Kamenev skated for Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk in Russia’s U22 MHL as a 16-year-old and played for Russia’s U17 team in the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. He scored 9 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 22 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games and was and even plus/minus with no points nor penalties in three playoff games for Stalnye Lisy. Kamenev had 1 assist in six games at the WHC.
2013-14: Kamenev played for Russia’s U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Magnitigorsk: making his KHL debut with Metallurg in December and splitting the season between the KHL and MHL Stalnye Lisy. He also played for Russia’s U19 team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and was a team captain for the U18 team at the world championship. He scored his first KHL goal, his only point, and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes. Metallurg won the KHL championship but he did not play in any playoff games. Kamenev scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was +10 with 12 penalty minutes in 15 MHL regular season games and scored 1 goal with 2 assists while finishing minus-3 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoffs. He was +2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 26 penalty minutes in five games with the U19 team. Kamenev scored 2 goals with 5 assists in five games at the U18 worlds. He was selected by the Quebec Remparts in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Kamenev was ranked 13th amongst International skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Nashville in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Kamenev skated in 41 regular season games and 10 playoff contests as a 19-year-old for Magnitogorsk Metallurg in Russia’s KHL. He played for the silver medal-winning Russia U20 team at the 2015 World Juniors. Kamenev scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging under 10 minutes of ice time in a lower line role for the defending Gagarin Cup champions. Metallurg finished second in the Kharlamov Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Kamenev scored 1 goal and was -1 with no penalties, averaging nine minutes of ice time in the playoffs. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with no penalties in seven games for Russia at the WJC in Canada. Russia lost 5-4 to Canada in the gold medal game. Kamenev signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville in July 2015.
Kamenev is a fluid skating center with an excellent set of hands. He is an interesting prospect with size, the ability to use his body to advantage, and significant puck skills. The native of Orsk, Russia is effective along the boards and in front of the crease. He has a good shot, but is not a goal-scorer, playing more of a pass-first type of game. Kamenev has a determined work ethic and is disciplined in terms of avoiding unnecessary penalties.
Kamenev has size and a high skill level and plays with a determination that some liken to countryman Valeri Nichushkin (DAL). A team leader who was the captain for the Russia U18 team in 2013-14, Kamenev should continue to improve as he matures physically and further develops his skating ability while learning the finer points of positional play.
Kamenev was unable to participate in the Predators' development camp in July due to off-season shoulder surgery but signed an entry level contract with Nashville and will begin his career in North America once healthy. Making the move from wing to center this year, Kamenev will likely begin the 2015-16 season with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals (He is eligible to play in the QMJHL with Quebec, who holds his rights, but that does not appear likely). Long-term the Predators personnel staff envisions Kamenev as a skilled top-six forward who will fit in well with some of the fast and highly-skilled forwards working their way up through the Nashville system.