Before Karson Kuhlman appeared to stop the carousel of wingers on David Krejci’s line during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a top-six role appeared to be Peter Cehlarik’s to lose.
A smooth skater with a big frame (6-foot-2, 202 pounds), Cehlarik made the most of his latest promotion up to the Bruins back in January — tallying a pair of goals and posting three total points in his first two contests up with Boston.
A productive AHL player (99 points in 137 career games with Providence), Cehlarik appeared to be a natural fit as his stint up with the big club continued, generating an absurd 76.74 Corsi For percentage through his first 25:43 of 5v5 TOI.
And yet, despite forming part of a trio with Krejci and Jake DeBrusk that posted a 60.39 CF% and scored five 5v5 goals in 104 minutes of ice time together, Cehlarik found himself on the outside looking in during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final — with his last appearance with Boston coming all the way back on March 12.
It was a disappointing result for the 23-year-old Cehlarik, who entered restricted free agency without much momentum to build off of.
Fortunately for the winger, it looks as though he’s in line for another chance up in the NHL ranks in 2019-20 — although it might be his last shot in a black and gold sweater.