North American Skater
Russia
NikitaScherbak
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 172
LAST CLUB TEAM: Saskatoon, WHL
BIRTHDATE: 30 December 1995
MID RANK: 24
HOMETOWN: Moscow, Russia
FINAL RANK: 15
BORN IN: Moscow, RUS
• In 2013-14, his first season in North America, Scherbak led all Western Hockey League rookies in scoring by 19 points with 28-50—78 in 65 games.

• Scherbak was named the Blades’ Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Plus/Minus Leader and 3-Star Award Winner. He earned the team’s Top Scorer Award after leading the Blades in goals, assists and points, becoming the first rookie to lead Saskatoon in scoring since Garett Bembridge in 1996-97.

• A vibrant personality who is known to talk a lot on road trips, Scherbak has been taking English classes and learning at an accelerated rate. Saskatoon head coach Dave Struch jokes: “On the five or six-hour bus trips he sits four seats behind us (coaches) and that’s all you can hear, him talking the whole way.”

• He lists Pavel Datsyuk as his childhood hockey idol and wears No. 27 in tribute to Russian superstar Alex Kovalev.

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL player: Pavel Datsyuk
Shootout move: “The Pavel Datsyuk”
Video game: NHL 14
Movie: Project X
TV show: The Simpsons
Actor: Mark Wahlberg
Musician: Eminem
Website: NHL.com
Sport (other than hockey): Basketball
Athlete (non-hockey): Derrick Rose
Twitter follow: @NelsonNogier