BRIGHTON, Mass. — While young D-man Jakub Zboril is still with the Bruins group as a reward after putting together a strong training camp, the Bruins made the rest of their cuts to the training camp roster ahead of Thursday night’s opener.
Bruins winger Peter Cehlarik was placed on waivers at noontime on Monday, and fellow young forwards Anders Bjork, Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes and Jack Studnicka as well as goaltender Max Lagace were all sent to AHL training camp in Providence. The 24-year-old Cehlarik had a combined 16 goals and 44 points between Boston and Providence last season and has posted five goals and 10 points in 37 games at the NHL level over the last three seasons.
The decision to waive Cehlarik wasn’t much of a surprise given that players like Par Lindholm and Brett Ritchie were signed to NHL deals, and the Bruins hadn’t shown much of an appetite to demote 35-year-old David Backes after a strong training camp performance. The Cehlarik waiving leaves him open to be claimed by any of the other 30 NHL teams, but he’ll also report to Providence on Tuesday if he clears through the waivers process.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that some of the young players — particularly Bjork after a strong effort in camp this season — weren’t doing handstands over getting cut in camp, but it really came down to better opportunities for then to develop in the AHL at this point.
“I talked to the players a little bit and the feedback was mostly positive,” said Cassidy, who added that GM Don Sweeney along with player development staffers Jamie Langenbrunner and Chris Kelly did most of the meetings with the training camp cuts. “There are a few guys that are always a bit disappointed, but I thought they had good answers and really self-analyzed well that they didn’t have good enough camps to stick around. If we realize that and they realize that then it’s easier to move forward.”
While the NHL roster is full of mostly returning players from last season’s Stanley Cup Final group, there’s also little doubt that guys like Bjork, Frederic and Zboril — when he’s finally cut — will be up and helping the NHL team at some point this season once injuries hit over the course of the 82-game regular season.
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