Scherbak moving up the draft board

Nikita Scherbak has been a pleasant surprise for the Saskatoon Blades this season and his play isn’t going unnoticed by those outside of Saskatoon.

The Blades Russian import has 12g and 19a for 31 points through just 23 games this season.  His offensive prowess and those totals have moved him up on draft boards everywhere ahead of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL CSS released its preliminary 2014 November players to watch list and Scherback is on it and listed as an ‘A’ prospect.

Here is a breakdown of the ratings:

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating — Indicates a 1st round candidate

• B Rating — Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate

• C Rating — Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

• LV (Limited Viewing) — Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

Click column headers to sort each column; click same header to reverse sort

For a more detailed idea as to where Scherbak could hear his name called in next summer’s draft we go to TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button.  Button released his updated draft rankings on Wednesday and Scherbak is listed at number 23.

There were two other Blades noticed by NHL CSS in their November players to watch list and they are defenceman Nelson Nogier and goaltender Alex Moodie.

Nogier is listed as a ‘B’ prospect and came in at number 88 on Craig Button’s list (he has 90 players listed) while Moodie is listed as a ‘C’ prospect and did not find his way onto Button’s ranking of the top 90 draft eligible players.

WHL:  Button’s list is topped by Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart who has been projected as the top selection in the 2014 draft.  Red Deer defenceman Haydn Fleury (#10), Prince Albert forward Leon Draisaitl (#15), Swift Current defenceman Julius Honka (#18) and Brycen Martin (#20), Moose Jaw forward Brayden Point (#22), Scherbak (#23), Red Deer forward Connor Bleakley (#27), Portland forward Chase De Leo (#48), Kelowna forward Tyson Baillie (#54), Calgary forward Jake Virtanen (#57), and Prince Albert forward Reid Gardiner (#60) all cracked Button’s top 60 players ahead of the draft.  Lethbridge forward Reid Duke (#61) and Nogier (#88) round out the WHL players in the top 90.

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