Viktor Loov wrecks Nikita Scherbak with huge open ice hit


There are a lot of things about Viktor Loov that gain him price from scouts and observers. He’s a strong skater, has offensive instincts, and is a hilarious interview. But nothing gets the attention of anybody faster than his gigantic open ice hits. They’ve come back to bite him in the past, in the form of penalties and suspensions, but tonight’s rendition? Ten out of ten.

Nikita Scherbak is a 19-year-old AHL rookie, picked eighteen spots behind William Nylander in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s arguably the best prospect on the Montreal Canadiens, and just came off of an 82 point season with Everett of the WHL.

He might also be fine dust after that hit. We’re not sure. He was slow to get up while Loov continued with his business. The hit was clean, so Loov received no penalty. 

Loov has had a decent start to his AHL season. Through eleven games, the 22-year-old Swede has picked up three assists and a +5 rating, while playing with both Stuart Percy and Justin Holl.

The Marlies and St. John’s Icecaps are tied at one after twenty minutes.

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  • Gary Empey

    Thanks for the update Jeffler. BOOM!!! That was some hit. It is so nice to see it was a clean check with no intent to injure. I like how he came in low to avoid contact with his head.

    For Nikita Scherbak this would be similar to a ride in the Vomit Comet.

  • Brooksterman

    Can’t wait for him to make the NHL. I love the old days when Clark, Roberts, Stevens, and Lindros played where the game was physical with lots of open ice hits. He’s the dream player for guy like me. I wish we had a forward/forward prospect that played like that too. Maybe we’ll sign Lucic in the summer lol. just kidding.

    • magesticRAGE

      I agree with you, except Stevens. That guy looked to end careers, without a second thought. Loov is just about playing physical hockey, without causing injury. I think he should make the lineup next year.

  • magesticRAGE

    Leaf nation staff thanks for the great articles on tonight’s titanic struggle between the Canuckleheads and the leafs. Yesiree under 5 hours to go and hockey fans from coast to coast are now totally informed about tonight’s huge tussle. Thank you again guys.

  • Gary Empey


    Toronto: C. Bailey (M. Arcobello, J. Holl), M. Arcobello (J. Holl, W. Nylander)
    Goaltender: G. Sparks: 26/29


    Casey Bailey scored his second goal of the year; he now has five points through eight games this season.
    Mark Arcobello continues his point production with eight points in five games since joining the club.
    Justin Holl assisted on both of the Toronto goals and pushed his point total to six through 11 games.
    Garret Sparks made 26 saves in the losing effort. It is his first loss since October 24th (four games).
    William Nylander collected an assist on Mark Arcobello’s power play goal. He now has 15 points through 13 games.


    This is the first overtime/shootout loss in five occasions this season. 3/2
    The loss also ends the Marlies five game winning streak.
    Nikita Soshnikov is the only player to have skated in all 14 games this season for the Marlies.