Montreal, Quebec, Canada (4E Sports) – The Montreal Canadiens inked first-round pick Nikola Scherbak to a three-year entry level contract, although no financial statements were released regarding the deal.
Scherbak played for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14, leading his team in in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (eight).
He had 28 goals, 50 assists and 78 points in 65 regular-season games.
The Moscow-native lead all rookies when in scoring by 19 points.
Scherbak was the WHL Eastern Conference finalist for the Rookie of the Year award.
In his first international stint, the 18-year-old played for his national team in the 2013 Subway Super Series.
He also competed in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Scherbak was picked 26th overall in last month’s NHL Draft, the first of 13 Russian-born players selected, according to the NHL.