Peter Cehlarik-Left Wing, Providence Bruins
Cehlarik, like Jakub Zboril, falls somewhere between this category and the previous one. There are facets of his game that are NHL-ready: He’s dangerous with the puck on his stick, and his adept at making plays in tight; think Loui Eriksson. He’s a skilled passer and uses his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame to shield defenders from the puck. His 14 goals through 30 games lead the P-Bruins, and he’s dangerous in the shootout. Moreover, he played over 100 games in Sweden’s pro league prior to coming overseas and is still just 21 years old.
Conversely, Cehlarik is not the strongest skater in the organization. He’s big, but not terribly physical. His defensive game and play without the puck leave a little something to be desired, especially in Claude Julien’s system. This is the likeliest reason we’ve yet to see him in Boston, despite the team’s need for scoring. The Slovak very well could make a cameo at some point this season or next, but his likeliest impact will come a bit farther down the road.