22-Year-Old Right Wing – Montreal Canadiens
Nikita Scherbak Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens in July of 2014.
Scherbak will not be in action for the Habs' final two contests of the 2017-18 season after suffering a concussion, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
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Scherbak, 18, was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens, who feel he was a steal with the 26th overall pick. Apparently, the "Russian factor" scared off some teams, but Scherbak allayed any concerns when he told reporters he was "not thinking of the KHL." The critiques are that he doesn't play in the dirty areas enough, should look to shoot more, and he needs to improve his play in the neutral and defensive zones. But he's young and there's time to develop him. Scherbak is expected to return to the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League to open the 2014-15 season.