Habs select Russian forward Scherbak with first-round pick

The Canadiens chose Russian forward Nikita Scherbak from the Saskatoon Blades as their first-round pick in the NHL entry draft.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Moscow native led the Blades in scoring this season with 28 goals and 50 assists. He was named the team’s most valuable player and rookie of the year.

Ranked No. 15 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, Scherbak was still available when the Canadiens picked at No. 26.

“Obviously we had him higher than we picked him,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told TSN’s James Duthie.

“When he kept sliding, we made the decision to go ahead and make the pick,” Bergevin said.

“It’s someone that we feel has top-skill talent. He’s got a good frame that he can build up on. And with the success  we had with Alex Galchenyuk and (Andrei) Markov, and (Alexei) Emelin, we feel that we have a good group of Russian players that could help.

Dan Marr, the director of Central Scouting, told The Gazette earlier this week that he considered Scherbak “one of the more exciting players in his draft class.”

He’s “ultra quick” with an impeccable sense of timing to be open — “just to get the puck or take the shot. He finds the openings out there,” said Marr, who thought Scherbak would be selected in the Nos. 10-20 range.

“He’s one of the ones who can break away while he’s being checked, he can get the shot off while he’s being checked. He doesn’t seemed to be fazed by anything that you kind of throw in his way as he’s got the puck, going to the net,” Marr said.

“He really took to his teammates. They took to him.”

“This is a kid with NHL skills,” Marr said.

The Canadiens aren’t scheduled to pick again in the draft until No. 87.

The Florida Panthers hung on to their first pick in the draft, which started Friday evening, selecting defenceman Aaron Ekblad from the Barrie Colts.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Ekblad led defenceman this season in the Ontario Hockey League with 23 goals.

Ekblad was ranked No. 2 by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters.

“It’s unbelievable,” Ekblad told TSN’s James Duthie at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia where the first round of the draft is underway.

“I believe that they’re an up-and-coming team,” Ekblad said of why he wanted to be chosen by the Panthers.

“They have one of the best defensive cores in the next couple of years in the NHL and I feel that this is where I can facilitate my development and I can help a team win a Stanley Cup in a few years.”

The Buffalo Sabres picked Sam Reinhart, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound centreman with the Kootenay Ice, with the No. 2 pick.

The Edmonton Oilers followed by selecting Leon Draisaitl, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound centreman from Germany who scored 38 goals and picked up 67 assists in 64 games this season with the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Calgary Flames chose Sam Bennett with the No. 4 pick. The 6-foot, 178-pound centreman with the Kingston Frontenacs was ranked No. 1 by Central Scouting among North American skaters.

The New York Islanders chose Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle fifth overall.

The Vancouver Canucks chose forward Jake Virtanen from Abbotsford, B.C. with the sixth pick.

The Carolina Hurricanes opted for a defenceman with the No. 7 pick, choosing 6-foot-2, 202 pound Haydn Fleury from the Red Deer Rebels.

The Toronto Maple Leafs used the No. 8 pick to select William Nylander, a 5-foot-9 forward from MODO in the Swedish elite league.

At No. 9, the Winnipeg Jets chose 5-foot-10 Danish forward Nikolaj Ehlers who plays for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

There was also trade news during the first round. The Pittsburgh Penguins traded James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

The Anaheim Ducks chose Nick Ritchie, a 6-foot-2, 226-pound forward with the Peterborough Petes, with the 10th pick.

The Nashville Predators selected Kevin Fiala, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound centreman who plays for HV 71 in Sweden’s Under-20 league. Fiala was ranked No. 3 by Central Scouting among European skaters.

With the 12th pick, the newly renamed Arizona Coyotes chose 6-foot-2 forward Brendon Perlini from the Niagara IceDogs.

The Washington Capitals landed Czech centreman Jakub Vrana, who played this past season with Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League.

Finnish defenceman Julius Honka, who plays for the Swift Current Broncos, went 14th overall to the Dallas Stars.

The Detroit Red Wings chose 6-foot-1, 190-pound centreman Dylan Larkin 15th overall.  A Michigan native, Larkin scored 31 goals with the U.S. under-18 team in 2013-14.

Sonny Milano, a 6-foot forward from Massapequa, N.Y, went 16th overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Philadelphia Flyers selected 6-foot-3, 181-pound defenceman Travis Sanheim from the Calgary Hitmen 17th overall. Sanheim shot up Central Scouting’s rankings of North American skaters from No. 167 on its mid-term list to 53 on its final list. (Others ranked him higher like The Hockey News.)

The Minnesota Wild chose forward Alex Tuch from the U.S. National Team Development Program with the 18th pick.

Offensive defenceman Angela DeAngelo went 19th overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning. DeAngelo finished second in points on the Sarnia Sting this season, posting 15-56-71 totals.

The Chicago Blackhawks moved up to the No. 20th pick (through a trade with the San Jose Sharks involving draft picks) and selected Nick Schmaltz, a 6-foot forward who led the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers in scoring last season.

The St. Louis Blues selected Robby Fabbri, a 5-foot-10 centreman with the Guelph Storm, who was this season’s most valuable player in the OHL playoffs.

With the No. 22 pick, the Pittsburgh Penguins chose Kasperi Kapanen, a 5-foot-11 forward from Finland who was the top ranked European skater by Central Scouting.

Conner Bleackley, a 6-foot centreman and captain of the Red Deer Rebels went 23rd overall to the Colorado Avalanche.

With their second pick in the first round at No. 24, the Canucks selected Jared McCann, a 6-foot centreman with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

The Boston Bruins chose forward David Pastrnak, who played this season for Sodertalje of Sweden’s second division, 25th overall.

The San Jose Sharks selected Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin 27th overall. 

With the 28th pick they acquired from the Lightning in a trade of draft picks, the Islanders picked Josh Ho-Sang from the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires.

The Los Angeles Kings selected Swedish forward Adrian Kempe 29th overall and centreman John Quenneville from the Brandon Wheat Kings went 30th overall to the New Jersey Devils.

The draft continues on Saturday.

You can also follow Postmedia’s live blogging of the draft here.


(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Habs take Russian Scherbak, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey


  1. Ron says:

    And yet another new thread is up…

  2. DipsyDoodler says:

    Calgary loading up on useless plugs. Brandon Bollig. HAHA.

    Moving. Forward.

  3. Habfan17 says:

    Both TSN and Sportsnet show Montreal’s 2nd round pick going to Tamp for Vanek. Did the Islanders trade the pick after they got it from Montreal? Does anyone know?


  4. scamorza says:

    laffs pick up Polak from ST Lou – good pick up for them

    come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Brett Lernout looks like he came right out of “Slap Shot” (minus the glasses). When you google a player’s name and the second site that comes up is hockeyfights.com, you don’t need a scouting report…LOL.

  6. stephen says:

    Well, darn it.

    Leafs acquire Roman Polak from the Blues for Gunnarsson and the 94th pick.

    Have always liked Polak’s game. Steady blueliner with a brutish edge.

  7. toinz says:

    Habs trade their 3rd and 4th rounder to Arizona to move up.

  8. PK says:

    Love all the turmoil and trades/buyouts/hand-wringing that we are expecting to see with the cap at 69M !!
    >>>> Les Canadiens sont là
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

    “My emotions in the head is shaking right now. It’s a crazy day, you know? It’s an amazing day”.

    – Scherbak, June 27, 2014

  9. Sportfan says:

    Anyway to watch the draft today?

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  10. Sportfan says:

    ANyone see Lavoie on twitter #canadiens are still hopeful to sign Mike Weaver. They are less hopeful to sign Brian Gionta. He could hit the market July 1st.

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    • habstrinifan says:

      I have a greater wish for Weaver than Gionta. Apologies to all his fans.

      “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:


      • PK says:


        >>>> Les Canadiens sont là
        _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

        “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

        – Nostradamus, 1552

        “My emotions in the head is shaking right now. It’s a crazy day, you know? It’s an amazing day”.

        – Scherbak, June 27, 2014

  11. Commandant says:

    Quick summary cause lernout was not in my top 100

    Big, mean, good defensively, can skate, handles the puck like a hand grenade.

    Go Habs Go!


  12. JohnBellyful says:

    Given the resemblance between Galchenyuk and Scherbak, some might find it difficult to tell them apart.
    Remember, Galchenyuk’s the one with the whisker.

  13. Sportfan says:

    NO! the Sabres got Lemieux! 🙁

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  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The Habs need up front scoring with size and grit with size. Unlike last year, scoring with size dropped to them to this year. You can’t possibly be upset with this pick as it clearly fills an organizational pick. One big bonus is that he can go to the AHL after next season. The only possible better scenario would have been if the Habs traded down to 31 and landed Barbashev and another pick but there was no guarantee he was going to still be there. Now we know why teams who draft low (e.g., Chicago, LA) can still be competitive.

  15. Habfan17 says:

    Both TSN and Sportsnet show Montreal’s 2nd round pick going to Tamp for Vanek. Did the Islanders trade the pick after they got it from Montreal?


    • Maritime Ronn says:

      “Tampa Bay traded NY Rangers’ 1st-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 28th overall) to NY Islanders for the Islanders’ 2nd-round pick in 2014 (35th overall) and Montreal’s 2nd-round pick in 2014 (previously acquired, 57th overall).”

  16. Bob_Sacamano says:

    A lot of you are obviously obsessed with size. This is how our team could (could, not will…) look in 2016/17:

    Pacioretty (6´2) – Galchenyuk (6´0) – Gallagher (5´9)
    Charles Hudon (5´10) – Eller (6´2) – Scherbak (6´2)
    Bournival (5´11) – de la Rose (6´2) – Grégoire (6´0)
    Weise (6´2) – Crisp (6´3) – McCarron (6´5)

    Tinordi (6´6) – Subban (6´0)
    Beaulieu (6´2) – Nygren (6´1)
    Emelin (6´2) – Pateryn (6´2)

    • CJ says:

      Charles Hudon has a very, very long way to go. He needs to get healthy, in addition to becoming far more consistent.

      Nygren will never play an NHL game for the Canadiens.

  17. HabFab says:

    2nd round over. Only 27 more picks until our next … sigh!

    So about 45 minutes a round.

  18. The Jackal says:

    Anyone have a link to the second round??

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  19. toinz says:

    Flames take Mr. Truculence! I guess Burke has learned nothing after all…

  20. HabFab says:

    In Canada, HOCKEY RULES!

    An hour ago Darren Dreger tweeted that the Air Canada terminal people in Philadelphia computers had not been working for 8 days and

    Air Canada ✔ @AirCanada

    @DarrenDreger The system a PHD is not run by Air Canada, but airport is working on changing it. Sorry for the inconveniences. /pd

  21. HabFab says:

    For those interested in such things, the KHL have introduced a Salary Cap for 2014-15 at around $36.5 ml US.

  22. SmartDog says:

    Where can I see the draft happening?
    – Lost Dog

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  23. L Elle says:

    Captain’s log, stardate 41153.27, June 14, 2016.

    Leaf and Bruin fan boards explode causing all blogs to be lost for a day.

    Common posts – “Our GM _______ is an absolute %$&* idiot for not drafting Nik. Those lucky Habs. A stud goalie, a stud Dman, and now those Russian twins leading them straight to a Cup.”


  24. habsr4ever says:

    Gallagher offensive game is OVER rated….yes you read correctly. He had numerous “dumb” reads on 2 on 1’s and 3 on2’s and chances to head man the puck to an open player for a breakaway or a better shooting possibility than he took on numerous occasions. If he is part of the package to land Kane or Big Buff I would do it in a second. We need size people. Yes Gallagher has the most grit up front but let’s get serious guys – SIZE DOES MATTER.
    Also – Gionta is signing else where….we can cheer.
    Weaver – sheesh – can’t come to an agreement on term – I guess we have to let him go….THREE years? C ya….remember in FLA he was a 7th dman preying to get a chance at age 35 or 36 at $1.1 Million cap last year? Come on Mike – 2 times $1.5 should be plenty for your greedy a__. sheesh.
    I don’t want Bouillon…..sounds like we have interest in Fayne…
    I also read we are desperately trying to dump salary (Moen and bourque and even a dman – not sure which one but now that we drafted a Russian I can’t see it being emelin)…..besides we have to keep him he is our best hitter and has the most grit on our back end….KEEP him…..I would keep Gorges unless the offer is a top six at the same price range or the other team takes another one of our cap problems/roster spots….we need to trade a 4th liner or two.
    Subban and Eller sign next week….Bergy pretty much has said that…there is some urgency to getting them done by July 1st…..
    hopefully we see some trades today.
    Don’t trade up….keep our draft picks….its a weak draft people….keep all our picks and swing for the fences in the next few rounds…..hopefully we can land one more solid pick.
    Our pick at 26 was AWESOME…..he is no AK 46 or SK…..this is going to be a steal….and he will be with Galchenyuk on our PP and some defensive help on 5 on 5 situations….I sense with Eller in 3-4 years….don’t rush him…..he is going to be a dandy and a scoring winger….I seen him at the dome here in Calgary…..only once mind you…..boy can he skate and find those openings…..it is almost exactly what the scouting report says on him…..I paid attention to him cuz he was the BEST player on the Blades….thank goodness he is now a hab….good work Timmins….surprised he drafted from the WHL…..but also HAPPY…..I thought he loved the Americans and the EAST a WAY more…..draft forwards the rest of the way!

  25. toinz says:

    Canucks take a Boston College goalie…AGAIN!

  26. toinz says:

    We got Fucale with Calgary’s last 2nd round pick, and this year they use another early 2nd rounder to draft a goalie. You think maybe Brian Burke is finally learning!

  27. BJ says:

    Barbashev to the Blues

  28. Maritime Ronn says:

    From the article above:

    “The Canadiens chose Russian forward Nikita Scherbak from the Saskatoon Blades.
    The 6-foot, 172-pound Moscow native…..

    At the NHL Combine on May 15, Scherbak was measured as follows:
    6′ 1.0” 175


    There are more errors from above.
    Not a Leafs fan yet…

    ” The Toronto Maple Leafs used the No. 8 pick to select William Nylander, a 5-foot-9 forward…”
    At the Combine, Nylander was measured at:
    5′ 11.0″ 169.

  29. BJ says:

    Lemieux picked by Sabres

  30. boonie says:

    The first thing I thought of when we drafted Scherbak was Stalag 17. Otto Preminger played the ube-nasty Stalag head named Oberst von Scherbach. Sorry, I know it’s not relevant but I loved that movie and couldn’t shake the connection.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Wasn’t that Col.Klink?

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Favourite of mine as well. Love the last bit of dialogue (you have to see the pic to get the reference to William Holden’s character):

      HARRY: I’d like to know what made him do it.
      STOSH: Maybe he just wanted to steal our wire cutters. Ever think of that?

  31. toinz says:

    Brandon Lemieux goes 31st to Buffalo…this is gonna suck in a few years…

  32. boonie says:

    Groupthink. The more GMs talk, the more it happens. They’ve been talking a lot recently. So independent thinking goes by the boards. The results aren’t pretty.

    Recent poster boys include Jimmy Rutherford, Trevor Linden and Ron Hextall.

    Fortunately, Our GM MB is not on the list. And, for that, we should be happy. He beats enough to his own drummer that we don’t fall into head-scratching groupthink-induced decisions. Yet, he remains close enough to the NHL GM gravitational constant that he knows how to benefit from it. I’ll cite Vanek and our playoff run as a Exhibit A.

    I pity fans in Pittsburgh and Toronto and Vancouver and Philadelphia — more than usual; and, for a new bunch of reasons. They’re doomed. They’ve fallen into groupthink.

    A few years back, the Nucks made the final; and lost. NHL Groupthink told them to shed everyone not named Sedin. Because, hey, that must be the problem. Proven players, coaches and front office guys out disastrous results in. Old Groupthink be damned.

    They step up to modern conformity. Hand the reins former player to run the WHOLE show. Because, hey, a former player must know how to run a multi-billion dollar enterprise with virtually no training. Shanny runs the Leafs; Holmgren runs the Flyers. Lowe runs the Oilers. Those franchises are killing it. Let’s follow their lead.

    Trevor hires his buddy to be his new rookie GM. That rookie GM, hires a 57-year old rookie coach. I’m sure Willie Desjardins is a nice guy. His resume is solid. No NHL team wanted Willie before this off-season. Now, EVERY team wants him. Yes, this will work out well.

    Following the Vancouver model, the Pens replace everyone not named Syd and Gino. In comes Rutherford. Because, hey, his last largely horrendous decade in Carolina must have been a mirage. Bylsma gone (yes, we knew this was coming). He botches his own hiring process.

    Hextall returns to Philly and pulls off the confounding trade FOR Umberger. Yikes. Rutherford takes his queue trading Neal goes for lesser players with similar salaries.

    Neal is a 26-year old, 40-goal guy with a cap-friendly contract. Would we move Patches for Eller and Bourque? Hmmm…. Could we have moved Eller and Bourque for Neal…? I’m getting off topic.

    And, thankfully, Garth Snow is the exception that proves the rule. He trades up to get Josh Ho Sang. Snow is so out of Groupthink that his random decisions might be occasionally brilliant. At least, he guts to deviate from Groupthink.

  33. ABHabsfan says:

    Here’s an aggressive move that I think would greatly improve the Habs chances:
    Trade Gorges for a pick, sign UFA Niskanen.
    Markov- Emelin
    Niskanen- Beaulieu
    The pairings can be juggled somewhat, but that is a great d-corps. It would take some nuts to trade Gorges though.

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • Habfan17 says:

      I like your suggestion except for having Emelin on the right with Markov. Emelin is not good on the right. I would pair Markov with Pk and Emelin with Niskanen. I don’t think both Beaulieu and Tinordi will be up with the Habs this season, at least not to start. They could resign Boullion and have him and Drewiski paired with Pateryn for the 3rd pairing.


    • boing007 says:

      Walnuts? Peanuts? Brazil nuts?

      Richard R

  34. Hobie says:

    I like the pick. Nikita Scherbak can dangle, he’s not a shrimp, he’s confident. He led all rookies in scoring in the WHL and led his team as well.

    Trevor Timmins is doing a great job covering all the bases during his drafting the past several years. He’s picked a few defensemen, some size and grit along with some impressive looking offensive players.

    It looks as though he and Marc Bergevin are stocking the system with big and talented centermen, offensive defensemen, hard hitting defensemen, snipers, grinders, power forwards, defensive players. You need a large mix of players and can’t base everything on offensive numbers. The boys are doing a great job IMO.

  35. Ozmodiar says:

    Did the Habs just draft Galchenyuk again!? 😉

    Creative, great vision, heavy shot, fast but not quick, doesn’t mind physical play (yet not aggressive), looks and sounds the same … even said “unbelievable” in his Duthie interview.

    It looks like Chucky has a new BFF. Hope he stays away from Genie B. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing the twins playing together.

  36. BJ says:

    When does round two begin today?

  37. DipsyDoodler says:

    Two all South American games today.

    Chile – Brazil.

    Colombia – Uruguay.

    If I was betting I’d pick Brazil and Colombia.

    I won’t be surprised if Chile beat Brazil, although Brazil beat them 3-0 at the last world cup.

    Moving. Forward.

  38. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I like the pick. The gamble is a sound one, and all the other true cliches.

    Looking at a few sites from other teams though, pretty well everyone seems to have added a 40 goal scorer or stud d-man in this first round. 3 or 4 years down the road, there are going to be thousands more goals scored.

    It’s a good thing we are the only ones who are right about our optimism.

  39. Strummer says:

    Scherbak in the photo at the top of the thread-

    Doesn’t he look like Galchenyuk’s twin?

    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  40. boing007 says:

    Hoping that Scherbak is a Scher thing, bet.

    Richard R

  41. toinz says:

    Cap Scenario Nightmares


    13 forwards signed
    7 Defencemen
    2 Goalies

    450k ABOVE the cap.
    The Hawks will have to trade someone. I can’t believe they were really in the Kesler sweepstakes unless cap hit had to go back to Vancouver. I think we can forget Jason Spezza going there…


    9 forwards under contract
    6 Defencemen
    2 Goalies

    5.6 million of cap space

    RFAs include Reilly Smith, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski
    Bruins also need 3 roster players at forward at close to league minimum just to 13.

    Good luck Peter Chiarelli! Actually, who am I kidding. HAHAHAHA

    Of note here is Boston has 2 buyouts to use. Boychuk (3.3 mil) Erikson (4.25 mil) and Marchand (4.5 mil) are potential candidates.


    Ron Hextall has his work cut out for him. At least Hextall already won a cup as a member of the Kings organization.

    11 Forwards
    6 Defencemen
    1 Goalie

    4.7 million of capspace
    No major RFAs left to sign.
    Still 4 roster spots with only 4.7 million of space means the Flyers won’t have too much room to work with.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Maybe MB could trade for Hossa with Chicago keeping some of his salary!


      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Please no!
        Hossa’s 8 more years of $5.275M should scare anyone off

        • toinz says:

          Of note here is that if Hossa retires early, the hawks pay the salary recapture, not the team he is traded to!

          I think of their defencemen is gonna go, and Chicago might try and get a cheaper option in exchange. In any case, the years of great Blackhawk depth will surely (sher-ley?) be tested.

        • Habfan17 says:

          Well, If Chicago would keep $1.275 Million, it isn’t too bad. He is in the mold of Selanne and Lidstrom. $4 million for 8 years isn’t too bad. If he falls of too much in a couple of seasons, they could but him out.


    • Habfan17 says:

      Thank you for all this info. I thought Boston only had around $3 million in cap space. Something to do with the penalty they incurred for going over last season.


      • toinz says:

        You have to remove Marc Savard’s salary from the equation. I removed Pronger’s as well for Philadelphia.

        Boston has the two buyouts. My gut says Marchand is gone. The Bruins could then sign everybody and try and coax Iginla into taking a lot less money. But that famous depth they’ve relied on is beginning to go away.

        The Bruins got dinged 4.75 million for bonus overages.

    • Strummer says:

      The chickens have come home to roost.
      That’s why they they gave everyone 2 freebie compliance buyouts last year.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Chicago will find a way – they always do.
      Guys like Versteeg ($2.2M) Leddy ($2.7M) Rozsival (2.2M) could be on the move yet don’t be surprised if….Marian Hossa is bought out with Compliance

      His contract is a horror show.
      He will be 36 next season and has 8 MORE years of a $5,275M Cap Hit.
      If they don’t use the Compliance Buyout this year, and wait for a regular Buyout next year, there will be monster Cap and Cap Recapture repercussions for years to come.

      With Toews and Kane looking for $10M each, that may be the Hawks only option.
      I don’t see them trading assistant Captain Patrick Sharp

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Chicago. Can’t they just go with 21 players?

      Boston. Bartkowski has to be a goner after his playoffs. They can sign Krug and Smith for $4M total and two min salary guys.

      Philly only need 2 -3 more players.

      Moving. Forward.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Yes they could
        Minimum is 20 maximum is 23

        That is a lot of headaches to manage and there are always players injured that don’t qualify for LTIR, yet remain on the roster and need to be replaced

      • toinz says:

        They “can” use 21 players, but I think someone is getting traded and that a player like Teravainen will get his shot. Rosival at 2,2 million and Oduya at 3,3 million are likely trade candidates.

        Boston would love to sign Krug and Smith for 4 million total, and that would still leave 2 players short of 12. I’d personally love the Bruins to have 2 guys on their full time roster at minimum salary.

        The flyers dont have 2-3 players to sign, they have at least 3 to sign. If they carry 21, it still means a team that already counts jay Rosehill and Zac Rinaldo as two of its 11 forwards will have another minimum wager. Expect the Flyers to try and unload Lecavalier.

        I think the cap being set at 69 million screwed up a lot of GMs. They were planning for 71. I’m not these teams cannot ice a team next year, but depth will be an issue in those three cities.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You mention. ” Of note here is Boston has 2 buyouts to use. Boychuk (3.3 mil) Erikson (4.25 mil) and Marchand (4.5 mil) are potential candidates.”
      With respect, I don’t believe there is even the slightest of chances that happens.

      Boychuck is a Top 4, and would be coveted by just about every NHL team. His pending 2015 UFA status may force that.
      Ericsson is highly skilled and suffered a concussion last year.
      He is a proven +25 goal scorer.
      Marchand would be desired by several teams

  42. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    Reading some of the comments and there still appears to be some Russiaphobia.
    There should be little to no fear, as surely Timmins and group did their due diligence

    Sometimes things just don’t work out:
    For every Yashin, there was a Quebec born Alexandre Daigle
    For every Mikhail Yakubov there was a Manitoba born Brent Krahn
    For every Dmitri Nabokov there was a NL born Terry Ryan
    For every Nikita Filatov there was Minnesota born David Fischer

    The evolution of Russian born hockey players has changed significantly over the past 15 years.

    In the 1999-2000 season – the year of the most Russians in the NHL, there were 71 Russian born players.
    That ranked the country 3rd after Canada and US born players.

    Fast forward to this past season.
    The number of Russian born players dropped significantly to 34.
    That ranked Russia 5th after Canada-USA-Sweden- Czech Republic, and only 2 players more than Finland.


    With the advent of the KHL, some players make it known they wish to remain in their home land. Nothing wrong with that.
    Others take the North American route and want the NHL.
    It would be difficult to blame a youngster for changing their minds as time moves on for so many different reasons.

    As far as today is concerned, the Russian born players in the NHL are a gem to watch.
    D challenged Ovie is one of the most exciting players in the NHL


  43. Ron says:

    NOTE: For those on twitter, you can follow Nik Scherbak, @neketos22 kids got over 3700 followers. Wonder how many of those came after the Habs picked him

  44. habstrinifan says:

    I know you are all thinking it but are to girlie girlie to say it!

    Who’s gonna be the first to punch Marchand (insert any other Bruin) in the face when he tells young Mr. Scherbak that his name sounds girlish..(least in my neck of the woods)..

    And then again there was a certain Nikita Kruschev we all were a little bit scared of.

    “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:


  45. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Good Morning ppl.

    Now that MB has drafted a prospect that was under the radar by most scouts, I think its safe to say that our team is now in the process of maturity since its rebuilding back in summer 2012. In the span of 2 years, the Habs have drafted 3 young players that could be a potential top-six down the road. Also, the team have drafted players from the second round of 2012-2014 entry drafts and picked up two elite prospects:

    33rd pick – Sebastian Colberg (RW)

    34th pick – Jacob De La Rose (LW)
    36th pick – Zachary Fucale (G)

    I hope later today in the draft, Bergy can do a deal to get a second rd. pick. It seems that this year, due to the unpredictability of all the prospects, I feel our team can get a draft prospect at this round with enough size, skill, and gumption. Possible options that I mentioned before are:

    Ryan MacInnis (C) – 6”4’ 185 lbs. – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

    Eric Cornel (C) – 6”2’ 186 lbs. – Peterborough Petes (OHL)

    Ryan Mantha (D) – 6”5’, 225 lbs. – Indiana Ica (USHL)

    Brendan Lemieux (LW) – 6’0”, 186 lbs. – Barrie Colts (OHL)

    Those are just some names w/c are possible draft eligibles. I’m sure many of us have their own list of players. If any of you guys have names to throw, post a reply after the end of this post. I’m interested to know who they are….

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Follow up: let me repost the next picks for each round at this year’s draft –

      *Round 2 – #57th pick (taken by NYI plus Sebastian Colberg via trade of Thomas Vanek and 5th round pick)
      Round 3 – #87th pick
      Round 4 – #117th pick
      *Round 5 – #125th pick (acquired from NYI via trade of Thomas Vanek),
      – #147th pick
      Round 6 – #177th pick
      Round 7 – #207th pick

  46. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    So Mike RiBieber is available….

  47. third generation haber says:

    My Habs top 10 under the age of 23:
    (skaters only)

    1. Galchenyuk: 20
    2. Beaulieu 21
    3. Gallagher: 22
    4. Tinordi: 22
    5. de la Rose: 19
    6. Bournival: 22
    7. Sherbak: 18
    8. McCarron: 19
    9. Bozon: 20
    10. Thrower: 20

    Honorable mention: J. Gregoire: 19, C. Crisp: 20, A. Lehkonen: 18

    j.p. murray

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You may want to keep an eye on the NCAA youngster Daniel Carr.
      He is 22 and was signed by the Habs as an undrafted UFA.
      He played for the NCAA champs Union College and had a heck of a year

  48. HabFab says:

    Our scheduled draft position today;

    3rd round pick, 87th

    4th round pick, 117th

    5th round pick, 125th

    5th round pick, 147th

    6th round pick, 177th

    7th round pick, 207th

  49. third generation haber says:

    Time for confession!

    I was pissed with the Sherbak pick. I wanted a power-forward; like, Bleakley, McCann, or Lemieux because their path to the NHL bottom 6 seems safe.

    After watching Sherback’s highlight reel:


    I’m convinced he has top 10 (maybe) talent. The video doesn’t show how he plays, but shows his skating, passing, and shooting. I’m sure he can be taught the rest; his skills are unteachable. He has super-star potential and will rip the WHL apart next year if he gets even one decent line-mate.

    He dropped to us because he’s Russian and because he played for the Saskatoon Blades. They finished 20th in a 22 team league. Sherback, a rookie, led the team in points by a whopping 35 points! Translation, he had no help!!! He was voted top rookie and team MVP in the same year!!!

    Not enough for u??? His 28 goals and 78 points ranked 23rd in the WHL. The next closest rookie, was at 62th (at 59 points), 19 points back, and he played 4 a decent team.

    In addition, I don’t think I need to tell anyone the level of physicality in the WHL. Sherbak hasn’t filled out yet, but he is tough on his skates.

    Well he may someday refuse to play in Hamilton, there is no question that we knocked the f’n ball out of the park today. I’m the last person who wanted us to draft a Russian, but, upon further review, the debate over Sherbak is over!

    Habs empire! We stole one, big time!

    j.p. murray

  50. HabFab says:

    The Salary Cap world this morning;

    Bergevin has $17.5 ml to spend on 5 players;
    – Subban $7.5
    – Ellers $3.0
    – Gionta $3.0
    – Weaver $1.5
    – White $1.0
    – callups $1.5

    Doesn’t leave much room to get better.

  51. habstrinifan says:

    OK.. It’s 8:10am and I am up and been ‘eddicated’.

    After reading the reviews I have properly (I have to confess) changed my mind.

    Nikita Scherbak is a great pick. The arguments on the pros side are too sound and logical.

    I tried finding the post which had the most impact on my mind… so that I could give the author credit.

    Basically he asked “Whom else would you have picked?”.

    And I was clueless.

    To paraphrase that brilliant deipnosophist, “if no one else fits then him you gits”

    Speaking about perfect fits, now lets git us a Lemon… ooops a Lemieux Marc!

    Edit: Speaking about fits, where can I get me a Brendon Perlini jersey. I think they may become prized sportwear.

    “Protest Rogers blackout of Habs game…sign at:


  52. JohnBellyful says:

    Wrong spot.
    Was supposed to be in bad taste.

  53. Habfan17 says:

    Some players that I think would be solid additions if available when the Habs pick.

    Aaron Haydon: Niagra Ice Dogs 6’4″ Defence, 16 points, 112 pims. “Nasty, physical Defenceman, moves well, kills penalties.’ The Hockey News.

    Warren Foegele: Right Wing, 6’1″ 183lbs 107 points, 67 pims
    ” Raw talent, skates like a demon and may not be done growing.” The Hockey news. Hockey Futures has him as a left wing.

    Christian Dvorak, Left wing, 6’0″ 179 lbs, 14 points in 33 games.
    ” American speedster had season cut short by ACL surgery.” The hockey news.

    Arkhip Nekolenko, Left Wing, 6’3″ 185lbs. 16 points 19 games.
    ” Slowed by health issues early, but is great goal scorer.” The hockey news.

    Alexis Vanier, defence, 6’4″ 215lbs. 36 points in 61 games 52 pims.
    ” Huge D-man, physically intimidates, big point shot.” The Hockey News

    Dominic Turgeon, centre, 6’1″ 198lbs 31 points in 65 games ” Pierre’s kid is smart, skilled and plays a two way game.” The Hockey news.

    Brandon Hickey, defence, 6’1″ 180lbs. 16 points in 37 games, 22 pims. ” Fantastic skater, also has size. ” The hockey News.

    Of course if Bergevin could pull off getting a second round pick or two I would love to see him get at least one of, Barbashev, Hunter Smith, or Ryan Collins.


  54. toinz says:

    I had my heart set on Brendan Lemieux, mainly because we need that nastiness and intensity in our bottom 6. And in that regard, I think Lemieux is a more certain bottom-6 player than Scherbak is a Top 6 winger.

    After some lively discussion in my living room about the pick, I was sold on the Scherbak pick mainly because of how easy it is to find bottom six players in trades and free agency, and how much more expensive (either by trade or free agency) it is to get that Top 6 winger.

    If you trust your scouts, it pays off to go for the Top 6 potential winger in the first round, than take a sure thing bottom 6 guy. I hope he pans out.

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    We sure have the best scouting and management in the league!
    Bergevin said he was going to grow this team through the draft over time, and that is just what they are doing.!

    Summit game tickets, News, Pictures and comments

  56. Habfan17 says:

    I am very happy with the first round pick. Sherbak seems well rounded, confident and focused. He is already 6’2″ and 190 lbs
    and from what Bob McKenzie and other say, he is super skilled and a steal at 26. I am looking forward to seeing him in a Habs jersey in a year or two. I think he will be like Gallagher and Galchenyuk and surprise us in 2015 and make the team.

    Now I want Bergevin to make a trade and get a second round pick, or two. I would like to see him get Barbashev, Justin Kirkland, Hunter Smith, or Ryan Collins.


  57. HabFab says:

    So who do the Habs draft today? Dan Kramer takes a look at potential draftees for all our present draft positions. But only Trevor knows for sure;

  58. Cal says:

    A draft pick deserving of a song? Scher thing!

  59. HabFab says:

    The new kid looks and sounds like Chucky.

    And as for the Salary Cap, the lower Canadian dollar dragged back HRR by $100,000,000. The Canadian teams although less then 25% of the league, produce 30% of the revenue. This will open up trading for sure. It’s a good thing the UFA market is weak this year.

    • Paz says:

      Canadian dollar is rallying these days. Back up to .94 cents vs USA dollar

      • HabFab says:

        The HRR was in excess of $3.7 bl but after the dollar conversion dropped it to $3.66 bl. But yes, it is going up. However it was much lower for most of the season.
        I guess the NHL couldn’t convince the PA to put some of the new Rogers money into the Cap.

        • toinz says:

          The Rogers money was always going into next year’s cap because teams dont see any from it until next year.

          I LOVE seeing Boston in this kind of crunch, particularly because they knew theyd be penalized and tried to go all in last year, and lost, TO US!

  60. Paz says:

    I really like this pick. We needed top 6 talent and we got it. Assuming he develops as projected, he will be a terrific offensive player, not another 3rd or 4th liner.

    Exactly what we needed since we dropped Colberg and Kristo.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Ed, glad you’re feeling positive about this pick.

      • Paz says:

        As long as we keep drafting kids with good size frames, who can skate, score, create, and have a great attitude, I will stay positive!!


        Sorry, but that means please stay away from Donald Audette’s son, Daniel, who makes Briere and Desharnais look imposing.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I really like it too! I have high hopes. I also like he is already 6’2″ and 190 lbs. It will be fun to watch him in interviews when he learns more English. He will give PK a run for his money!


      • Paz says:

        He will go back to Junior for 1 more season, absolutely.

        Then, all bets are off I would say.

        I don’t want him Hamilton, to be honest. That’s where our offensive players seem to fall of the rails.

        • Habfan17 says:

          I hope he ends up being like Gallagher and Galchenyuk and forces his way on the team for 2015!


        • toinz says:

          Pacioretty said he liked his time in Hamilton. Desharnais and Plekanec spent a lot of time in the AHL and they turned out ok. We rushed some people to the NHL (like Eller) and it didnt always work out.

          Let’s not give up on the AHL just yet. Look at the marvels it is doing for Detroit.

          • Paz says:

            I’m not at all giving up on the AHL. I’m just pointing out that Hamilton is not functioning well. Several players have struggled there.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            @Paz it is a big jump from Jr to the AHL. You go from playing against boys to Men and it is pro hockey. That is when you really find out what you have in a prospect.

            Players can struggle because they are not ready physically or mentally yet but rest assured if they have a bad struggle in the AHL, the NHL will be a bigger wake up call.

            Some of the Hamilton coaching staff I am not a big fan of but I do think the pro jump is the real reason prospects struggle

          • boing007 says:

            Maybe Detroit has a better coaching staff in their farm system?

            Richard R

  61. Habfan10912 says:

    LMAO If you read the post from recent to past like I did, you get a little worried about your friends.

  62. DipsyDoodler says:


    Moving. Forward.

  63. DipsyDoodler says:

    Yeah, it’s weird.

    Moving. Forward.

  64. DipsyDoodler says:

    John Thomas.

    Moving. Forward.

  65. DipsyDoodler says:


    Moving. Forward.

  66. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    Scherbak was the player I was touting. Time will tell if it was the right or wrong move. Reviewing the Kessler deal, Nick Bonino was a late 6th round pick. There will be kids drafted this afternoon who have lengthy NHL careers and some who will be out of hockey in five years. My point, you just don’t know. The best hockey minds can’t even agree on a consensus top 20. So far as I’m concerned, Scherbak has as much chance to become a player in the league as the Leafs pick, Nylander. In fact, because he was a 26th pick, he can’t be slowly developed. Over ripe as opposed to under developed. I may not always like it (Beaulieu, Tinordi, Pateryn), but you can’t expose a kid who’s not ready. It’s a lesson many teams have learned the hard way.

    I’m golfing this afternoon, then heading to jazz fest to see Aretha Frankilin, so I’ll be keeping tabs remotely. Hopefully we see some action this afternoon, and I’m not talking about the 15th tee.

    Cheers, CJ

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning CJ. I have no opinion on most of these kids that get selected as I’ve seen only a few play and then only on TV. Glad to hear folks that have actual eye witness accounts of players and not the usual, “my older brother dated his girlfriend who….” crap we sometimes see posted here.

      Have a great time at the contest. A great set of pipes that Ms. Franklin has.


    • Cal says:

      Habs made a pick for a big kid whose made it his goal to play in the NHL by leaving Russia and playing in Saskatoon. Good choice.
      To me, Vancouver made out like bandits. Bonino right now is better than banged up and too many miles on the highway Kesler. Anaheim made a very bad and very stupid deal trying to replace Koivu.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I tend to agree with you Cal, on the Kessler deal. Morning!

      • CJ says:

        The thing about Kesler is the miles on his odometer. It’s a question of is, versus was. Maybe the dip in production is the result of playing on a poor team, or perhaps it was the result of Kesler himself.

        It might have seemed like yesterday, but it was 2010-11 that Kesler last had an impactful season. I still like the player, and maybe he bounces back, but the reality is some guys peak earlier then others. Personally, I think he could really help the Ducks get over a hump in the west (although that’s easier said then done against the Kings), but I’m not sure he will ever be as productive (sustained) the way he once was.

        What amazes me is the senators thinking that Spezza was worth a top ten pick, plus, plus. I hope their forced to hold him and carry the distraction all season. When you see guys like James Neal get dealt and no pick is attached, then I believe that the Sens are on Planet X thinking they are going to restock their cupboards for a guy who’s a year removed from free agency, has a wonky back, and can’t handle the media scrutiny in a soft market like Ottawa.

        • Cal says:

          Spezza should have just smiled and waved this year before heading to UFA land. He’s a bit of an idiot forcing the Sens hand less that one full year after being handed the captaincy. If I’m Melnyk, Murray is fired. His team is a bunch of young goons excepting Karlsson and his coach is a walrus. Not good.

        • Paz says:

          What is it with Ottawa and players forcing trades publicly?

          That’s bad for everyone.

          • CJ says:

            It will be interesting to see what happens with Bobby Ryan. He’s saying all the right things publicly, but I have a suspicion that he will be moved, especially if the Senators appear to be outside of a playoff spot, which I believe to be very possible.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Good for you CJ!

      I loved his interview, seems like he is well grounded and focused. He is already speaking English and is now 6’2″ and 190 lbs.

      When he makes the habs we will have two great interviews I think. Pk and Sherbak


  67. JUST ME says:

    Never saw or heard about Nikita Scherbak before yesterday. Not been very up to date on future NHLers that much wich shows that this year`s crop is all about maybe, maybe not. Thanks to you guys i got to see his best moments of the last season from youtube , a long clip.
    From the start i think that a guy that has 50 assists in a season is a special kind of player worth looking at. Has good hands,vision,speed and likes to go in the crease, that`s positive ! May be one season only away from Hamilton , we`ll see !

    Not surprised about James Neal being traded but maybe more about what they got from him. At this point many teams, including the Habs ,will have to deal with the cap issue and the value of what you get is that much important for both teams.
    Neal was the best player available on that team if you do not want to touch Malkin and/or Crosby. Something had, and still has to change in Pittsburgh if they want to be cup contenders. For now , control Sid`s line and if you get to Fleury… The recipe is too well known and although the Pens will do good aver an 82 games season, they will meet their match in a best of 4 playoff where the opponent can adjust and match your scoring abilities.

    Tampa is filling holes and doing good in building upwards.

    Vancouver…What to say but i have the feeling that until they get rid of the twins they will be doing nothing better then patchwork. As important changes they are doing, one must not forget that in the west the competition is ferocious and relentless. Tough times ahead for the Canucks…

    Took a break from most sports since the season ended . No all sports radio is such a good thing to try ! Could not care less about the world cup. Have no choice but to keep informed but the drama queens are not for moi ! Of course i came here to read you guys and by miracle did not respond to some comments that made as much sense as all comments written at this time of the season i guess !

    Maybe back more often as action dictates it… Take care guys !

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hi Just me. Glad to see you here again. It might just be me, but I’ve never got “Kessler”. Just don’t see what the love is with him. A nice player but not a difference maker, IMO.

      Neil, he’s a goal scorer and makes Nashville an interesting team in 2014-2015.

      • JUST ME says:

        Could not agree more and it does show how deep….the Canucks are/were… I always have a problem with players you hear on the verge of being traded for years and years..What is with the guy ? Hygiene ?

        Now should we talk about another special case like Ribeiro ? I guess not i suppose that it will bring back the infamous trade !!! Sometimes you give the guy the benefit of the doubt and figure that it just did not work out with a group of guys but when it happens with every team you play with…I thought he was back on track with Dallas and his short stint with the Caps…Ah well…he is laughing his way to the bank…

    • SC-1993 says:

      Kesler is a 20-goal scorer and tough as nails, you’ll see how good he is when Anaheim plays the Habs. He’s on a team who have a chance at winning the cup every year.

  68. Captain aHab says:

    I wonder if Scherbak means penis in russian and the censors have simply not caught on yet.

    Prepare to be boarded!!

  69. 24 Cups says:

    Nikita Scherbak player profile from Dobber Hockey

    “A surprising early round candidate in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft Scherbak came out of nowhere. Going late (extremely late) in the CHL import draft, not much was expected of Scherbak and the Saskatoon Blades. Scherbak made it a strong point to introduce himself to the rest of the WHL in a big way with 78 points in 65 games, his rookie year. Scherbak is a large 18-year-old at 6’2″ and a lean 174 pounds. He is a hungry player and what some would call a coaches player. He wants to learn, he wants to absorb as much knowledge as he can, and he is very adaptable and has some of the best scoring ability in the draft. Scherbak plays with great physical intensity as he will hit, take a hit, strong arm, position, fight, battle, anything he can to protect the puck or create an opportunity. Another aspect of Scherbak’s game is his speed, he accelerates quickly, has a strong first stride and hits top speed in a short distance. His zone play is good at both ends and defensively he has played admirably on a subpar Blades team. Scherbak is truly unselfish and has excellent leadership quality, he wants to win and doesn’t care if he’s assisting, scoring, or defending. He has deadly accuracy and is incredibly creative, creating scoring chances in unlikely areas. Scherbak’s coachability is a great asset, his physicality, strength, and quickness would compliment a second-line scoring role. Scherbak’s versatility allows him to be an excellent option as a set up man and playmaker as well. Scherbak can use some bulking up but being a bit older and having decent size already he could probably step right into an NHL role.”

    24 Cups

  70. mount royal says:

    I think that the Habs stole a winner.

  71. 24 Cups says:

    MB stated that the Habs are negotiating with Boullion on a new contract. Yikes.

    24 Cups

  72. jrshabs1 says:

    Negative Nellies…
    How can you not like this kid/pick at #26? The kid played 1 year in the “W” led his team in scoring, named the team MVP and didn’t know a word of English to boot. I guess the bigger question is..who was a better player on the board at the time?

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

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