Nikita Scherbak

Nikita Sergeevich Scherbak (Russian: Никита Сергеевич Щербак; born 30 December 1995) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing within the Montreal Canadiens organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). Scherbak was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Nikita Scherbak
Nikita Scherbak
Born 30 December 1995 (age 22)
Moscow, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Montreal Canadiens
Laval Rocket (AHL)
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2014
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2015–present

Playing career

Junior

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 July 21, 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 [6] 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.[7]

Professional

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.[8] Montreal won the game 5–3.

Career statistics

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
NHL totals 29 5 2 7 8

Awards and honours

Award Year
WHL
CHL Top Prospects Game (Team Cherry) 2014 [9]

References

  1. ^ "Nikita Scherbak prospect profile". HockeysFuture.com. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  2. ^ "Saskatoon Blades' Nikita Scherbak snubbed of rookie honour, and other WHL awards notes". Yahoo! Sports. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  3. ^ "Nikita Scherbak - The Next Ones: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile". thehockeywriters.com. 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  4. ^ "Nikita Scherbak Top 30 NHL Draft Prospect". frozenfutures.com. 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  5. ^ "Canadiens sign first round pick Scherbak". National Hockey League. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  6. ^ "Blades Trade Scherbak to Silvertips". WHL.ca. WHL.ca. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. ^ "WHL Rules". WHL.ca. WHL.ca. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Canadiens Scherbak scores on debut". Montreal Canadiens. 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  9. ^ "Top Prospects Game Standouts". thehockeywriters.com. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-07-18.

External links

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

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