After signing a contract with Omsk Avangard in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the upcoming season, Nikita Scherbak sat down with Sport24.ru to talk about his time with the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs's 1st round draft pick in 2014 had more than a few choice words directed at his former team.\nBeing a first-round draft pick in any sport comes with a lot of pressure, especially when you're drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. Nikita Scherbak arrived in Montreal with high expectations and, ultimately, failed to meet them. He played a total of 37 NHL games with the Habs and the L.A. Kings.\nMired by inconsistencies and questioned about his dedication, Scherbak left the NHL this season and went back to his home country to play in the KHL. The 23-year-old heavily criticized the team that drafted him.\nSpecial thanks to Vsevolod Roubanov for providing the translation.\nAfter a successful junior hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips, amassing 160 points in 130 games, Scherbak was drafted to the Habs with high hopes.\nHis talent, unfortunately, didn't translate to the NHL game and he was constantly sent down to the minor leagues, playing 168 games with the Habs' minor league affiliates in Saint-John's and Laval. Scherbak was placed on waivers and was claimed by the L.A. Kings, playing only 8 games with the team before being sent down.\nView this post on Instagram Game On🔵⚪️🔴 à dimanche! #Habs A post shared by Nikita Scherbak (@nikscherbak) on Sep 14, 2018 at 3:13pm PDT\nIn the interview with Sport24.ru, Scherbak highlighted that he holds no ill feelings towards his former team despite feeling like he wasn't given a real chance to prove himself.\n"They didn't let me play in Montreal. I trained, I was patient but in the end, my nerves gave out and I asked to be traded," he claims. "I understand it's just business. I wanted to stay in Montreal as long as I could."\nREAD ALSO: Basketball Is Officially Overtaking Hockey As Canada's Favourite Sport\nWhen asked about what the Montreal Canadiens lifestyle was like, Scherbak paints the picture of a surly management team that micromanaged his living situation. He describes it as being in kindergarten, in fact.\n"The higher-ups at the club forced me to train through the summer and live with a strange family. I was 19 and was ordered to be home by 10. 11 on the weekends. This sounds like kindergarten to me," says Scherbak.\nView this post on Instagram Eyes on the prize 👀 A post shared by Nikita Scherbak (@nikscherbak) on Nov 16, 2017 at 6:21am PST\nApparently, the curfew and stringent rules weren't mandatory for other young players on the team. Scherbak had to travel almost an hour to get to team practices. He even suggests an anti-Russian bias among the Habs brass.\n"I think actions speak for themselves. There are a lot of Francophones, a lot of Quebecois boys. They don't even attempt to speak English, so they just speak French. But we were told we weren't allowed to speak Russian. Why? What's so bad about that?"\nView this post on Instagram Moment that I will never forget! Sometimes it's even better than you dream about. #gohabsgo A post shared by Nikita Scherbak (@nikscherbak) on Jan 7, 2017 at 7:46pm PST\nWhether or not this is an indictment on the Habs culture or just an isolated incident, it's clear the Scherbak felt these things or else he wouldn't have mentioned them.\nThe NHL Regular Season is set to begin on Wednesday, October 2nd.\nThe Montreal Canadiens host the Detroit Red Wings for their home opener on Thursday, October 10th.