With the departure of power forward Nathan the Boston Bruins went into the 2013 NHL Draft looking to find a player that will develop in that same mold. In the third round of the draft, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli continued his teen youth movement by drafting winger Peter Cehlarik. The 17 year-old Slovakian native has outstanding size for his age (6’2 198 lbs.), as the Bruins will likely hope to groom him for the NHL over the course of the next couple of years.
Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus states:
"He shows quality physical value in terms of his ability to protect the puck and win battles. Cehlarik is a skilled individual as well, and he can make above-average plays with the puck. He shows good vision as a playmaker, making quick decisions and processing the game well, especially considering his age and the SEL-level competition. His major issue is his skating, which is notably below average. He has a sluggish first few steps, and his top gear is not threatening.”
Bruins Chief ScoutWayne Smith said.
“We try to take the best player we can every year and this year it fell that there were more Europeans than usual.”
Despite his young age, Cehlarik made his Swedish League debut after posting 37 points in 38 games in the J20 SuperElit (Sweden’s top junior league). The Slovakia native also proved himself on the international stage with two goals and five assists in six games at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.
With power forwards such as Milan Lucic and Carl Soderberg already on the roster, Cehlarik will have time to develop into the type of offensive force the Bruins covet. With the way the B’s system is currently constructed, the young forward will have plenty of type to work on his weaknesses, while honing his strengths, and should have more than an ample opportunity to factor into the club’s future down the road.
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