The Bruins have locked up another one of their young prospects a week ahead of the NHL Draft, and a few months ahead of NHL training camp. The B’s signed Slovakian forward Peter Cehlarik to a three-year, entry-level deal with the expectation that the big, skilled winger will be fighting for a job with the Providence Bruins this fall.
The third-round pick (90th overall) by the Bruins in the 2013 NHL draft most recently played with Lulea HF in the Swedish Hockey League this past season and posted a career-high 11 goals and 20 points with a plus-seven rating in 46 games.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder followed by putting up three goals and two assists for five points in 11 playoff games in the Swedish Elite League. In his career, the 20-year-old had appeared in a total of 132 career games with Lulea HF, recording 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points over the last course of the last three seasons.
Cehlarik has represented Slovakia internationally at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships, the Under-20 World Junior Championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2016 IIHF World Championships last month in Russia. In 23 career international games, Cehlarik has tallied five goals and nine assists for 14 points for his Slovakian homeland. While Cehlarik has shown a big NHL-style body in Bruins development camps and the combination of size and skill to be effective as a pro in North America, it remains to be seen just how the ceiling will go for a youngster that feels like a third or fourth line NHL guy, with some decent offensive upside, at his peak.
But the Slovakian forward will bring some welcomed size to a Bruins organization that’s trended a bit smaller at the center and wing positions over the past couple of seasons.