Scherbak assigned to Ontario after clearing waivers - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings assigned 23-year-old forward Nikita Scherbak to Ontario after he cleared waivers, the Kings confirmed Monday. Scherbak, who has one goal in eight games with Los Angeles, had been placed on waivers Sunday morning. “With Scherbak being a young guy, especially when you see how bad he wants it, it’s hard,” Willie Desjardins said Sunday. “But the only way he’ll get to where he wants to go is by getting down and playing games. Like he can’t get there up here because he doesn’t get what he needs. It may be hard, but it’s the best thing for him.”

Though he was a minus-four in eight games, Scherbak actually boasted some solid possession rates in a small sample size in which he was given fairly cushy zone starts. But he was also caught in a familiar Catch-22 in which a young player wasn’t quite performing well enough to earn additional ice time and thus wasn’t used enough to be able to construct a real niche with the team. He’ll continue to build his game working with Mike Stothers, David Bell, Jaroslav Modry and the Kings development staff and will be a restricted free agent after the season should the Kings choose to qualify him. In 145 games with AHL-St. John’s and AHL-Laval since 2015-16, Scherbak has 28 goals, 95 points and a minus-30 rating. The load-bearing portion of that weighty plus-minus came during the 2015-16 season, which he opened as a 19-year-old before turning 20 on December 30. Prior to this year’s five-game, one-goal stint in Laval, he totaled seven goals and 30 points in 26 games with the Rocket in 2017-18.

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Not at all related to Scherbak: via the wonderful Gregg Drinnan, Roman Vopat, acquired from St. Louis in the Wayne Gretzky trade and a veteran of 57 LA Kings games, was dismissed by WHL-Kootenay for tweets critical of Canadian World Juniors coach Tim Hunter. (Kootenay’s head coach is also a former King, Jon Klemm, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Colorado.)

Vopat had served as an assistant coach in the WHL since the 2014-15 season.

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Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

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#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


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