The Kings have claimed right wing Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Canadiens, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Scherbak is a native of Russia who has played in 29 career NHL games, all with Montreal.  He turns 23 on December 30.

Scherbak has not appeared in a game this season with Montreal.  He has played in five games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League. 

Last season he played in 26 regular season games with the Canadiens and he recorded six points including four goals.