The Boston Bruins lost last night to the Flyers by a final of 4-3 and dominated much of the game. Although it was a loss, a big positive came from the game, Peter Cehlarik scored two goals while playing on the second line with Krejci and DeBrusk. Cehlarik might be a huge piece for the Bruins if he can create some consistency on the second line.
Cehlarik has been up and down the past few years with the Bruins and has played in 18 career NHL games. He has 3 goals and 3 assists to show for it.
At the AHL level he’s played 121 games and tallied 90 points. This is his first callup this season and he responded immediately with two goals. Yes it’s a small sample but Cehlarik had been scorching the AHL the past few weeks with 7 points in his last 5 games. He was a third round pick back in 2013 and might finally be budding into an NHL ready player.
The Bruins have had a revolving door of right wingers next to David Krecji and have tried 8 different guys. While Cehlarik might not be a long term solution he could help the Bruins now and this way they have time to figure out their needs before the trade deadline. The Bruins have looked to sure up that second line for the entire season and they tried to do it in-house but Cehlarik is their last option before finally admitting they need outside help.
If Cehlarik can continue to contribute the Bruins won’t be forced to give up too much in a deal and can also wait until the summer when guys like Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds and Michael Ferland hit free agency. All of which the Bruins have trade interest in.
The Bruins are back in action tonight against the Blues at 7:00.
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-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)