Saskatoon Blades general manager Lorne Molleken didn't have a lot to go on when it came time to making a decision on right wing Nikita Scherbak at the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
"There weren't a whole lot of teams who saw him play, but the people I knew told me he was a skilled player and good skater," Molleken told NHL.com. "When I did my checking on him I received a lot of positive reports from NHL teams."
Chalk one up for Molleken and his scouting staff. Turns out choosing Scherbak in the second round (No. 109) was an absolute steal for the Blades. While it took an entire training camp and preseason before he was given his official release from his team in Russia, Kapitan Stupino, Saskatoon coach Dave Struch soon realized it was worth the wait.