Peter Cehlarik was in the lineup Saturday night for the Providence Bruins, and now he’s set to play for the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
With Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner set to miss Sunday’s game against the Rangers, the Bruins called up Peter Cehlarik on an emergency basis. To make a spot on the roster, Boston put Karson Kuhlman on injured reserve.
Cehlarik is one of the most intriguing players in the Bruins system. At 24, he probably doesn’t many more chances to earn a spot in Boston’s lineup. That said, he looks like he has what it takes to be an NHL regular.
After an injury late in the preseason, the Bruins sent Cehlarik down to Providence. He probably was set to start there anyway given Boston’s left-wing depth, but the injury made it the only option.
Cehlarik took the move in stride. Once he was healthy enough to play, he looked committed to prove himself to the organization.
In only six games for Providence, Cehlarik scored six goals. He only failed to score in one of his games. Cehlarik also added two assists and had a +5 rating.
Cehlarik scored his most recent goal Saturday night against Laval. He missed the net from the high slot, but he followed up and fired home a rebound off the boards.
The goals stand out, but Cehlarik’s also been an effective two-way player for Providence. He’s solid defensively, and he doesn’t make many mistakes on the ice. Cehlarik definitely is a player on whom his teammates and coaches can rely.
Given his play early this season, it’s no surprise Boston called Cehlarik up in advance of the game in New York.
This isn’t Cehlarik’s first cup of tea in the NHL. He played parts of the last three seasons for the Bruins. In 37 total NHL appearances, Cehlarik has five goals and five assists.
Cehlarik actually looked pretty good in the past at times with Boston. He had a couple stretches on the left wing with David Krejci in particular when he played well.
Cehlarik probably won’t be overwhelmed or look out of place against the Rangers. He should slide nicely into the bottom six without many problems.
Let’s hope his offense carries over from Providence and he can find the back of the net for the Boston. He has a great opportunity in front of him to show that he’s an NHL player.