Kings claim forward Nikita Scherbak off waivers from Montreal Canadiens

The Los Angeles Kings have claimed right wing Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Los Angeles Kings have claimed right wing Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Kings announced the move in a release Sunday. 

Scherbak, 22, has played in 29 career NHL games, all with Montreal, and has five goals and two assists.

The Moscow native has not appeared in a game this season with the Canadiens. He has played in five games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League and has one goal.

"He just didn't have a great camp. We sent him to Laval and he was having a hard time finding his game," said Canadiens head coach Claude Julien on Sunday. "We had to make decisions based on our roster. Unfortunately that's what happens. Would we have liked to keep him and have an opportunity to send him to Laval? We would have. But it happens. There are guys claimed on waivers.

"It's part of the game. It's part of the CBA and the rules. You live with it and you move on."

Scherbak played 26 regular-season games with Montreal and he recorded six points including four goals. One of his goals came on the power play and one came shorthanded.

He made his NHL debut during the 2016-17 season, appearing in three games and recording one point, his first career goal.

Scherbak was Montreal's first-round draft selection (26th overall) in 2014.

The Canadian Press