In a deal rumoured to be in the works for the last two weeks, the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades traded Canadiens first round draft choice Nikita Scherbak to the Everett Silvertips, a team based in the Seattle area. For full trade details click here.
The Blades, who are in a rebuilding process, were forced to make the trade when they found themselves over the CHL-imposed limit of two European import players per team. In return for Scherbak, the Blades acquire a goaltender plus a first round Bantam draft pick from the 2015 and a second rounder in 2016.
The Moscow-born Scherbak was the Blades top scorer and the WHL’s highest scoring rookie last season. His 28 goals and 78 points in 65 games led Saskatoon’s second best scorer by 34 points. The Canadiens took him 26th overall in June’s draft.
Scherbak is one of three former members of the Saskatoon Blades currently participating in Canadiens training camp. Defensemen Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower, drafted in 2011 and 2012 respectively, will be reporting to the Hamilton Bulldogs at the end of camp.