Top 25 Under 25
#10 - Peter Cehlarik - F
Where did he come from?: 2013 Draft, Third Round, 90th overall
Has he played in the NHL?: Yes! 11 Games
Had it not been for a shoulder injury that required surgery, Cehlarik’s season would’ve likely had him as the next young guy we’re all talking about.
2nd on the Providence Bruins in goals and in the top 5 of point getters for 2016 and earning the team award in “three stars” nominations, bringing the same level of intelligent, two-way play that led him to success at nearly every level of the Luleå system in Sweden. Solid passing, willingness to get into the thick of play, and a good pair of legs to get him there, which got him an 11 game trip to the big time as part of a cavalcade of relief efforts for Frank Vatrano in the wake of Claude Julien’s firing. In those games, he had two assists, one of which included getting Adam McQuaid one of the prettiest goals he’ll ever score:
That was all the way through traffic, too with a player’s stick in the way. Good pair of eyes on this fella.
After that, he mostly spent time on the eternally ineffective third line, then returned to Providence...and then got his shoulder hurt, so he couldn’t play much in the last few weeks of the season, Calder Cup playoffs, and missed the World Championships entirely.
What does the future look like for Cehlarik?:
As a flexible player that he is, he could end up playing either wing and probably getting a solid shot at the main roster, though right now he has a much easier time trying out as a Left Winger, as he’d only be competing against Zach Senyshyn and Sean Kuraly. Otherwise he’s competing against six other players for a shot at 3rd line Right Wing, which would make it infinitely harder to get noticed. Given his talent and the fact that he’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t appear to be super intimidated by the AHL talent or NHL talent, there’s reason to believe this young gun could end up a fixture in Boston for the forseeable future.
But only camp can tell us the whole story at this point.