Vladislav Kamenev

Darren Walker

Kamenev is one skilled Russian prospect. His biggest strengths appear to be his vision and passing ability, but you can’t discount his impressive size. A really creative passer with great accuracy and timing, Kamenev also shows strong balance and acceleration in his skating. Kamenev is a strong, two-way player as well, and is really good in the faceoff circle. He has a lot of North American habits to his game, as a big center who helps defensively and plays with physicality along the boards. He is a frustratingly pass-first player who you would really like to see shoot it more when he gets the opportunity. His shot is both accurate and quick off his stick, a real weapon if he were only willing to use it more. Very good hockey sense and awareness in both zones. Has impressive hands and ability to control the puck while entering the zone and as he surveys his passing options. Protects it with his long reach, strength and solid balance on his feet. A big-time talent, but will drop due to his passport. (May 2014)