The LA Kings have claimed right winger Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
Scherbak is a native of Russia who has played in 29 career NHL games, all with Montreal. He turns 23 on December 30.
A 6-2, 192-pounder from Moscow, Scherbak has played in five games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League this season, and has not appeared in a game with the Canadiens.
Last season, he competed in 26 regular season games with the Canadiens and recorded six points, including four goals. One of his goals came on the power play and one came short-handed.
Scherbak made his NHL debut in the 2016-17 season where he appeared in his first three NHL games and recorded one point, his first career goal. He was originally Montreal's first-round draft selection (26th overall) in 2014.
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