Everett Silvertips

Report: Work permit issues could keep Auston Matthews in North America next season

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Auston Matthews, the top rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, is likely staying in North America for the 2015-16 season.

According to Pete Judge of ISS, Matthews likely won’t be able to play in Switzerland due to work permit issues. Judge reported on Twitter Sunday that the 17-year-old is having troubles getting a visa because he’s never played professionally before.

Matthews was looking to sign in Europe with ZSC in Switzerland. ZSC is currently coached my former NHLer Marc Crawford.

The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League own Matthews’ CHL rights. His agent Pat Brisson has hinted in the past that if Europe doesn’t work, his client would likely head to the WHL.

Matthews appeared in 24 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team during the 2014-15 season scoring 20 goals and 48 points.

Report: Habs’s prospect Scherbak avoids serious injury

Montreal Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak appears to have avoided serious injury.

The forward, who plays for Everett in the Western Hockey League, was stretchered off the ice, with his neck in a brace, Saturday night during the Silvertips’ 3-2 shootout win in Seattle.

According to The Daily Herald, Scherbak, who was injured on a legal hit into the boards, was cleared of any head or neck problems and discharged from hospital Saturday night.

Further tests showed there was no nerve or back damage, and scans for fractures came back negative.

Scherbak is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

The 18-year-old was Montreal’s first-round pick (26th overall) in 2014.

In 19 games with the Silvertips this season, Scherbak has 11 goals and 28 points.