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.