The Montreal Canadiens drafted 26th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and they decided to go with skilled right winger Nikita Scherbak from the Saskatoon Blades.
Here's what scouts have been saying about Scherbak:
"I really like this kid and he was difficult to rank. We acted as if we were an NHL team and the Russian factor dropped him a bit for us. I wouldn’t be totally shocked if he slipped to the 2nd round but I think he’s too good and will hang on." - Mark Edwards
"Led the Blades in scoring while also being named the WHL Eastern Conference Rookie-of-the-Year .. Scherbak was ‘Mr. Everything’ offensively for a young rebuilding Blades team .. plays with urgency inside the offensive zone displaying push back and exploits open space to manufacture scoring opportunities .. hands operate in sync with his footwork and can control the puck and dance in all three zones before settling on a premium option .. deft stick handler, soft in close finesse ability .. deceptive explosiveness - uses his change of pace to get into lanes in the neutral zone and then attack a defender .. dynamic lateral acceleration speed on crossovers Scherbak is balanced and moves well when cutting diagonally .. can get stronger all over owning a wispy frame despite standing a firm 6’2 .. needs to do a better job protecting himself to oncoming hits .. improvements also need to be made to his stamina levels as he looked gassed and unable to withstand multiple checks and was often targeted physically this year .. Scherbak showed improvements in all facets of his game and was able to produce impressive numbers with no supporting cast .. blessed with the natural hand skills and offensive prowess to play within a top six capacity. " - Future Considerations
We'll have a full profile on Nikita Scherbak ready shortly. In the mean time read his pre-draft profile.