EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips today announced the signing of 2015 CHL Import Draft selections Alexander Scherbakov and Yan Khomenko to standard WHL player agreements. Both are 1998-born Russian natives who have committed to Everett for the upcoming 2015-16 WHL season.
Scherbakov, a defenseman from Moscow, was the Silvertips’ first-round selection (55th overall) in the June 30 draft involving all 60 CHL clubs. Khomenko, a forward out of St. Petersburg, was selected in the second round (officially 115th overall, but actually the 75th player chosen).
“Obviously it’s a big positive to have both Alexander and Yan signed and committed to our program less than a month after the Import Draft,” said Silvertips General Manager Garry Davidson. “I think they are both excited to be Silvertips and we look forward to seeing them out on the ice. Training camp is coming up shortly and we hope these two promising young players will fit in well with the rest of our team.”
Scherbakov, 16, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman from the Russian capital. In 30 games with the CSKA Moscow Under-17 team last season, he scored five goals and assisted on eight others for a total of 13 points. He also totaled 37 penalty minutes for the Red Army team. A late-birthdate who doesn’t turn 17 until Christmas Eve, Scherbakov will be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Khomenko, 17, is a left winger measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds who played for the Dynamo Moscow Under-17 team last season. He scored 20 goals in just 33 games with Dynamo, finishing the season with 30 points and 14 penalty minutes. Khomenko was also selected in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2015 KHL Draft by Ak Bars Kazan and will be eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft. Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, his hometown is now listed as St. Petersburg.
The Holiday Inn Preseason Classic tournament returns to XFINITY Arena during Labor Day weekend, Sep. 4-6, with nine games over three days. The ‘Tips start the regular season in Prince George on Sep. 25 before the 13th season of Silvertips hockey debuts in Everett with opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11.
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