2010-11: Nikita Scherbak skated with the North Star and Spartak 1995-born teams in Moscow. He had 10 goals with 3 assists in ten games for North Star and scored 5 goals with 7 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 13 games with Spartak.
2011-12: Scherbak skated for North Star – which finished 12th of 18 teams in Moscow’s junior league. He scored 22 goals with 19 assists in group play and had 3 goals with 9 assists in 34 games during the league season.
2012-13: Scherbak made his debut in Russia’s U22 MHL as a 16-year-old; skating for Stupino Kapitan. He scored 7 goals with 7 assists in 50 games and was -8 with 60 penalty minutes. Scherbak was selected by Saskatoon of the WHL in the second round (109th overall) of the 2013 CHL Import Draft.
2013-14: Scherbak moved to North America to play for Saskatoon in the WHL and represented Russia in international play for the first time – skating for Team Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series against Team WHL. Scherback scored 28 goals with 50 assists, both team highs and was -6 with 46 penalty minutes in 65 games for the Blades. Saskatoon missed the playoffs, finishing sixth in the East Division. Scherbak had 1 assist in Russia’s 3-2 win over Team WHL and was selected to play for Team Cherry in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He was ranked 15th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Montreal in the first round (26th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Scherbak signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens in July 2014 before returning to the WHL; skating for Everett in his second season in the league after being acquired by the Silvertips from Saskatoon in a trade in September 2014. Everett’s leading scorer, he scored 27 goals with 55 assists and was +33 with 60 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. The Silvertips finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Scherbak scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +5 with 10 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He skated for Russia in the Subway Super Series against the WHL All-Stars — finishing with no points and 2 penalty minutes in two games — but was not selected to skate for Russia in the World Juniors.
Scherbak is a highly-skilled two-way forward who is capable of handling physical rigors despite a thin frame. He has outstanding puck skills and is willing to compete in hard areas. His skating speed, quick release and offensive creativity compare favorably with other forward prospects coming out of junior hockey.
Scherbak is eligible to return to the WHL for a third season but will likely begin his pro career either with the Canadiens or AHL affiliate St. John's in 2015-16. He has been a dominant scorer and played a strong two-way game in his two WHL seasons. He may need time to become acclimated to the pro game and add the strength and physical maturity necessary to compete at that level but his package of skills suggest he can be a top-six forward.