This former first choice from CH goes into exile in

This former first choice from CH goes into exile in France

The Montreal Canadiens’ 2014 first-round pick, Nikita Scherbak, will continue his career in the Magnus League, France’s top professional tournament.

He had initially signed a one-year contract with the Dukes of Angers in July, but some pitfalls relating to the issuance of his work visa delayed his entry into France.

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Scherbak also took his first skates with his new team on Saturday.

Last season, the 27-year-old was forced to leave Czech Premier League club Mountfield HK after his application to extend his visa was rejected due to his Russian nationality.

The striker eventually joined Slovan Bratislava, a team playing in Slovakia’s main league. He finished the season with 10 points, including three goals in 14 games.

The former Habs prospect played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), scoring eight points in 37 games on the Bettman circuit with the Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings.