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Bruins send Peter Cehlarik to Providence

The 22-year-old had missed the last 16 games with a lower-body injury.

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After missing the last 16 games with an injury, forward Peter Cehlarik was assigned to the Providence Bruins earlier this evening. Cehlarik appeared in five games for Boston this season, tallying a goal and an assist, before suffering a lower-body injury against Pittsburgh on November 24.

While Cehlarik looked really comfortable alongside David Krejci in Boston’s lineup, the forward group is jam packed, healthy, and playing well. When you factor in all this, it wasn’t going to be easy to find a spot for Cehlarik in the lineup. Therefore, assigning Cehlarik to Providence was the most reasonable decision.

The P-Bruins have been on a tear in recent weeks, and Cehlarik will only give them more of a boost. He has three goals and three assists in six games with Providence this season, but was also an integral member of one of the AHL’s best lines with Kenny Agostino and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson. It remains to be seen whether or not P-Bruins head coach Jay Leach reunites the trio, but it has to be on the table.

Injuries have nagged Cehlarik over the course of his career, but the 22-year-old has shown he can be a reliable and productive NHL player. There’s a good chance Cehlarik finds his way back up to Boston this season, especially if he continues to dominate the AHL like he did earlier this season.