It will be a while yet before Nikita Scherbak gets back into the lineup. The team announced on Monday that he underwent successful knee surgery with an estimated recovery time of six weeks.
Scherbak suffered the injury back on October 26th against the Kings, just his second with the Canadiens since being recalled. Although he tried to play through it for a shift or two, the team shut him down before the game ended.
The injury puts a dampening on what had been a very strong start to the season. After being a surprising early cut in training camp, Scherbak played quite after being recalled to play in one last preseason game and built on that in six games with Laval where he had a goal and eight assists, earning himself the early recall to Montreal.
The six-week timeline puts him on track to return sometime around mid-December and at that point, it’s likely that he’ll be returned to the Rocket to get back into playing shape at the very least.
Scherbak becomes the third Hab on injured reserve joining David Schlemko (hand) and Ales Hemsky (concussion).