By: Mandi Mahoney | Check Me Out On Twitter @phoneymahoney
This afternoon, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that their most recent call-up, forward Peter Cehlarik, has been assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL.
This reassignment to Providence is mainly due to the Bruins not having a game scheduled until January 29th due to the bye week and All-Star break. Skating in the AHL will keep Cehlarik invigorated during the bye week, as it wouldn’t be ideal for him not to play a game for ten days if he’s able to be sent to the AHL without having to clear waivers. It would make sense for GM Don Sweeney to reassign Cehlarik and then recall him for Boston once the week is nearing completion so he can rejoin his NHL teammates.
Cehlarik had been recalled by the Bruins on Tuesday, January 15, for his third career stint with the NHL club. In his last two tours with Boston, the Slovak wing mostly skated alongside David Krejci, with whom he has shown some chemistry despite only notching one goal and four points in his previous 17 National Hockey League contests, which occurred during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns. For most of the last three games with the Bruins, Cehlarik has played on the second line with Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
During his most recent call-up, the 23-year-old wing dressed in three games for the Bruins, scoring two goals and notching one assist. In the trio of games against Philadelphia, St. Louis, and New York, Cehlarik has been winning puck battles and has shown good positioning and a solid hockey IQ. He has impressed and has looked like he has been skating with the big club since the start of the season. He’s been doing the little things well, and it has been nice to see him be rewarded on the score sheet as well.
This season, Cehlarik had a solid training camp and preseason with Boston, and some fans were surprised to see that he didn’t make the NHL squad earlier in the year. He wasn’t exactly lighting it up offensively in Providence earlier this season but has stepped his game up recently, scoring five goals in his last three AHL games. Cehlarik has now tallied 10 goals and 19 assists in 37 games for the Providence Bruins this season. Combining his recent scoring tear with injuries to Anders Bjork and Ryan Fitzgerald, he was a shoo-in for the Bruins’ next NHL call up at forward.
Cehlarik may not be the Bruins’ answer to their second line scoring woes, but he has made a good impression during this call-up and it wouldn’t be surprising if he is called back up and finds himself in a more permanent roster spot. The Bruins undoubtedly will still need a more seasoned NHL player to completely solve their problems with secondary scoring and depth at forward, but making Cehlarik a part of the team after the Bruins’ bye week would definitely be a good start to bolster their roster. Admittedly, this is a very small sample size, but if the last three games are any indication, he is ready to be a full-time NHL player.