Boston Bruins Rookie Peter Cehlarik Could Make Debut Against The Vancouver Canucks
With the Boston Bruins taking on the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday there is a chance that rookie Peter Chelarik gets his first career start in the NHL for Bruce Cassidy and the Black and Gold.
“We’re tinkering with lines still. There’s a chance and we’ll make that decision. Everyone is healthy other than [Austin] Czarnik, obviously, so it’s just a matter of making the pieces fit best,” said Bruce Cassidy. “He makes good plays with the puck and he protects it well. [He’s a] bigger body. He’s got good pace when he’s moving.
“He’s not quick, but once he’s up to speed he’ll get to the net and score. The primary assets of his game are on the offensive side, but from what I understand he’s played well on the defensive side down in Providence as well. We’re looking at whether that might be a good fit for [David] Krejci, and maybe a guy that could play give-and-go hockey with him and think alike.”
Cehlarik had a team-leading 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points along with a plus-nine rating in the first 40 games with the Providence Bruins
“I got a lot of ice time and trust from the [Providence] coaches on the ice, so I just tried to use that and make the right plays out there. That’s what it’s all about,” said the B’s third round pick in the 2013 draft. “It’s been really good so far. I want to keep my confidence here and keep my feet moving, I guess. It’s a fast game here, but I’m going to try to make my plays up here.
“[Playing around the net] is kind of my game, so that’s where I’ve scored the most goals from is coming from those areas around the net. I’ve been working on it down there and it went pretty well in the [AHL] games.”
In practice on Thursday Cassidy had Cehlarik on an all European line with David Krejci and David Pastrnak. It isn’t clear if he will play their during live game action but the Boston Bruins could use young pure energy to help lift the team going forward.