The Montreal Canadiens signed Nikita Scherbak, their first round pick from the draft in June, to a three-year entry level deal on Monday. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Montreal took the 18-year-old Russian sniper 26th overall at the draft.  The playmaking left-winger was named rookie of the year in the WHL after posting 25 goals and 50 assists with the Saskatoon Blades. He is expected to return to the Blades next year but will be at the team’s training camp in September.

“He’s a guy with a big personality and confidence,” Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said at the draft. “Montreal is a different market and from what we’ve seen from him so far, we get the impression he’ll be able to handle that.”

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