Russian-born Kamenev headlines Predators' Day 2 draft haul
JUN 28, 2014 4:10p ET
The Nashville Predators invoked a two-pronged approach to drafting on Saturday, leaning heavily on left wingers and defensemen for Rounds 2 through 6.
Vladislav Kamenev was the Predators' initial pick for Day 2 of the NHL draft (42nd overall) and the first of two second-round choices.
The Russian-born winger (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) tallied four goals and 10 points in 15 games with two Russian pro clubs (Kontinental Hockey League)
His coach at Magnitogorsk was Mike Keenan, a longtime NHL coach who captured the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Kamenev, who doesn't turn 18 until August, has garnered praise in scouting circles for his skating ability, top-end speed and strong fundamentals. The Russian winger compares favorably to the Kings' Anze Kopitar, one of the NHL's most complete players and a driving force behind Los Angeles' two Stanley Cups (2012, 2014).
On Friday, Nashville snagged Swiss teenager Kevin Fiala with the No. 11 overall pick (Round 1). The Central Scouting Bureau tabbed the 17-year-old Fiala (11 points in 17 games with Sweden's under-20 league) as the No. 3 international prospect in the 2014 draft class.
Here's a look at the Predators' other draftees from Day 2:
• Round 2 (51st overall): Jack Dougherty, D U.S. National Team Development Program
• Round 3 (62nd overall): Justin Kirkland, LW Kelowna (Western Hockey League)
• Round 4 (112th overall): Viktor Arvidsson, LW Skelleftea (Swedish juniors)
• Round 5 (132nd overall): Joonas Lyytinen, D Kalpa (Finland juniors)
• Round 6 (162nd overall): Aaron Irving, D Edmonton (Western Hockey League)