Avalanche signs Vladislav Kamenev to one-year contract

Colorado Avalanche center Vladislav Kamenev (91) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche announced Tuesday that the team has signed forward Vladislav Kamenev to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 season.

Kamenev, 22, registered five points (2g/3a) in 23 games this season before suffering a shoulder injury on Dec. 8 at Tampa Bay that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. He registered his first NHL point, an assist, on Oct. 27 at Minnesota and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 1 at Calgary. The Orsk, Russia, native’s first tally came on the penalty kill, making him the first player to score his first career goal shorthanded since Greg Mauldin on Nov. 12, 2010.

Selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Kamenev was acquired by the Avalanche in a three-team trade that also included the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5, 2017 and has produced five points (2g/3a) in 28 career NHL contests. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound center has totaled 105 points (39g/66a) in 146 career American Hockey League contests with the Milwaukee Admirals, San Antonio Rampage and Colorado Eagles and has two points (2g/0a) in six AHL postseason contests with Milwaukee.

Internationally, Kamenev captained Russia to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland, leading the team with five goals (5g/1a) in seven games. He also won a silver medal with his country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada, tallying four points (1g/3a) in seven contests. Kamenev served as Russia’s captain at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, where he shared the team lead in scoring with seven points (2g/5a) in five outings.

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