When the Colorado Avalanche traded Matt Duchene last week (doesn’t that seem like a long time ago already?), the pieces acquired in return all had “don’t count on them right away, this is all about the future” stamped on them by many pundits. Well, the future is now for two of those pieces already.

Defenseman Samuel Girard has already played two games for the Avs, and on Wednesday, Vladislav Kamenev will officially be a member of the team. Kamenev, a Russian center who was a second-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2014 and acquired in the Duchene three-way deal, has been called up to Colorado from the San Antonio Rampage, BSN Denver can reveal.

While the Avs have yet to make the call-up official, Kamenev will effectively take one of the forward roster spots vacated Tuesday by A.J. Greer and Rocco Grimaldi, who were both sent to San Antonio. The Avs, off since Saturday’s loss to Ottawa in Sweden, will resume practice Wednesday at Family Sport Center, at 11 a.m.

Whether Kamenev plays his natural center or not remains to be seen, but it’s possible he could be used as a left wing. Kamenev played three games for the Rampage after being traded by Nashville, with four assists and a plus-2. He was the 42nd overall player selected in the 2014 draft, and he played two games for the Predators last season. In 70 games for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season, Kamenev scored 21 goals with 30 assists.

He is 21 years old and a native of Orsk, Russia, listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds. Here is an analysis of Kamenev’s skill set, from BSN draft guru A.J. Haefele. Here is a video of some of Kamenev’s on-ice performance:

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Jim C

    Any idea what line he will play on? I certainly hope it isn’t on the 4th line.

  • Looking forward to seeing him play. I wouldn’t mind him on the wing with either Compher and Jost (which I assume will be a pair) or Soderberg and Comeau, with either Wilson or Nieto taking the other winger spot.

  • Charlie Anderson

    Please tell me they sent Bourque back to San Antonio. please please please