The Montreal Canadiens selected Russian winger Nikita Scherbak with the 26th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft. The big winger has elite level offensive skill, and scored well over a point per game with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. The Blades struggled mightily this season, and Scherbak outscored his next highest scoring teammate by 35 points. He has all the tools, just needs to find someone to ride shotgun on his line.
Immediately after being selected, twitter of course exploded with reactions to the Canadiens newest player, and most of the vibes have been positive, as you can see below.
Please lord. Deliver the Scherbak.
— Scherbakanator (@Mike_Habs) June 28, 2014
I'd be happy with any of Scherbak, Kempe, Barbashev, Ho-Sang, or Goldobin for #Habs. C'mon Timmins, make it so. Especially Scherbak.
— Dan Kramer (@DanKramerHabs) June 28, 2014
Red Line Report had Nikita Scherbak ranked 12th overall so he looks like a pretty good pick by Montreal.
— Willy Palov (@CH_WillyPalov) June 28, 2014
Just watched some Hignlights of Scherbak. He's got skill
— Scherbak (@HabsNewsS) June 28, 2014
Honestly didn't even notice how much Scherbak resembles Galchenyuk until just now
— Mike (@habitant31) June 28, 2014
That sampling of Scherbak shows premium offensive skills. But it really reveals what Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins were after #CHaracter
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 28, 2014
Nikita Scherbak was an excellent pick for the Habs
— amanda (@twin_dekes) June 28, 2014
Nikita Scherbak has sick hands with Chucky this will be awesome
— Seb (@SeBThEBaDBoY) June 28, 2014
"He is, I would say, one of the more exciting players in his draft class," Central Scouting's Dan Marr on Scherbak earlier this week. #Habs
— Brenda Branswell (@bbranswell) June 28, 2014
— Monctonscout (@Monctonscout) June 28, 2014
The Canadiens appear to have grabbed a highly skilled player who will be able to be an offensive force for the team in the future. A lot remains to be seen of course, but I for one love the pick of the Scherbak and think he could be a great fit on the Montreal Canadiens in a few year time. It appears lots of Habs fans tend to agree with me tonight.