Predators sign Trenin to ELC


The Nashville Predators signed Gatineau Olympiques forward Yakov Trenin to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

Trenin, 18, was selected in the second round, 55th overall by the Predators in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

In a team release, Predators North American Amateur Scout J-P Glaude said Trenin is a big centerman who plays a solid two-way game.

“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.”

The Chelyabisnk, Russia native scored 18 goals and 67 points in 58 games with the Olympiques this past season. Gatineau drafted Trenin in the first round, 32 overall in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

Trenin suited up for Team Cherry at the 2015 BMO CHL Top Prospects Game in St. Catharine’s, Ont.

Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL also own Trenin’s rights, drafting the six-foot-two, 194-pound frame 16th overall in 2015.