The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League has assigned Nikita Scherbak to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. Scherbak, a right winger, has played eight games with the Kings in 2018-19 and scored one goal.
Scherbak's goal came in a 5-1 Kings win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 8, 2018. At 8:12 of the first period, Scherbak scored from Jake Muzzin, which at the time tied the game at one goal apiece. Also in the eight games, Scherbak was a -4 with two penalty minutes, 12 shots on goal, one blocked shot, nine hits and one giveaway.
Scherbak was initially drafted in the first round, 26th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He spent two NHL seasons with the Canadiens before being placed on waivers and being claimed by the Kings on Dec. 2, 2018.
Scherbak has played in the American Hockey League before. While in the Canadiens organization, he spent two seasons with the St. John's IceCaps and one season with the Laval Rocket. Scherbak has also played for his native Russia internationally. He played three games for Russia during two Canada Russia Super Series (2013 and 2014) and notched one assist.