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Nikita Sergeevich Scherbak (Russian: Никита Сергеевич Щербак; born December 30, 1995) is a Russian professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. He was last under contract with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Scherbak was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak.jpg
Born (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 23)
Moscow, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free agent
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Avangard Omsk
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2014
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2015–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Scherbak began his junior career in 2012 playing with Kapitan Stupino in the Russian Junior Hockey League.[1] Scherbak was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2nd round of the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

He joined the Blades in 2013 where he led all rookies in goals (28), assists (50), and points (78) during the 2013–14 WHL season.[2] His outstanding play was rewarded when he was invited to play the 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game.[3]

Scherbak was rated as a top prospect who was viewed as a possible first round selection heading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[4] After his selection on 22 July 2014, he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens.[5]

On 22 September, Scherbak was traded to the Everett Silvertips from the Saskatoon Blades based on league rules which state that no more than two non-North American players may be on the same club's roster at any given time.[6]

ProfessionalEdit

During the 2016–17 season, Scherbak made his NHL debut for Montreal Canadiens on 7 January 2017 against Toronto Maple Leafs and scored on the power play, on his first NHL career shot, to put the Canadiens up 3–2, with just 0.9 seconds left of the first period.[7] Montreal won the game 5–3.

After starting the first 11 games of the 2018–19 season as a healthy scratch, Scherbak was assigned to the Laval Rocket, Montreal's AHL affiliate, for conditioning.[8][9] He made his season debut on 31 October 2018 in a 2–1 loss against the Belleville Senators.[10] On 9 November 2018, Scherbak scored his first goal of the 2018–19 season in a 5–1 victory over the Cleveland Monsters.[11] He was recalled from the conditioning stint on 14 November 2018, but did not immediately rejoin the Canadiens because of a lower-body injury.[12] On 1 December 2018, Scherbak was placed on NHL waivers by the Canadiens.[13] He was subsequently claimed by the Los Angeles Kings.[14]

On June 25, 2019, having completed his contract with the Kings, Scherbak was not tendered a qualifying offer by the club, releasing him as a free agent.[15] The following day, while opting to return to Russia to continue his career, Scherbak was officially signed to a three-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Kapitan Stupino MHL 50 7 7 14 14
2013–14 Saskatoon Blades WHL 65 28 50 78 46
2014–15 Everett Silvertips WHL 65 27 55 82 60 11 3 5 8 10
2015–16 St. John's IceCaps AHL 48 7 16 23 20
2016–17 St. John's IceCaps AHL 66 13 28 41 32 4 1 1 2 4
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 1 0 1 0
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 26 7 23 30 20
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 4 2 6 8
2018–19 Laval Rocket AHL 5 1 0 1 2
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 1 0 1 2
2018–19 Ontario Reign AHL 23 4 7 11 18
NHL totals 37 6 2 8 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
CHL Top Prospects Game (Team Cherry) 2014 [17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nikita Scherbak prospect profile". HockeysFuture.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Saskatoon Blades' Nikita Scherbak snubbed of rookie honour, and other WHL awards notes". Yahoo! Sports. April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nikita Scherbak - The Next Ones: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile". thehockeywriters.com. June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Nikita Scherbak Top 30 NHL Draft Prospect". frozenfutures.com. June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Canadiens sign first round pick Scherbak". National Hockey League. July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Blades Trade Scherbak to Silvertips". WHL.ca. WHL.ca. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Canadiens Scherbak scores on debut". Montreal Canadiens. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Nikita Scherbak assigned to Laval Rocket for conditioning". Eyes On The Prize. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Canadiens' Nikita Scherbak: Heads down for conditioning". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "'It's frustrating': Nikita Scherbak makes season debut with Rocket, loses 2-1". Eyes On The Prize. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Two goals from Jake Evans fuel Rocket in 5-1 victory over Monsters". Rocket de Laval. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Le Canadien rappelle Nikita Scherbak | Hockey". La Presse (in French). November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Cowan, Stu (December 1, 2018). "Canadiens put Nikita Scherbak on NHL waivers". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Cowan, Stu (December 1, 2018). "Canadiens put Nikita Scherbak on NHL waivers". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Blake on draft, approach to free agency". lakingsinsider.com. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Avangard signs Nikita Scherbak, announces return of two juniors" (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Top Prospects Game Standouts". thehockeywriters.com. January 7, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael McCarron
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Noah Juulsen