Each Monday, the intention is to provide you with a one-stop-shop on how your Boston Bruins prospects are doing statistically from around the globe. Everything from the J20 Nationell League to the KHL to the NCAA and more.
The 2021-2022 season has begun for two players: Peter Cehlarik – Avangard Omsk of the KHL and Roman Bychkov – who for now is on loan to Armur Khabarovsk of the KHL.
In Finland (Liiga) and Sweden (SHL), the season is set to begin later this week on Thursday September 9. Closer to home, the USHL begins on September 23, the WHL on October 1 and the NCAA on October 2. The OHL will be the final league to hit the ice on October 7.
If you’re looking for stats on prospects playing professional hockey in North America, you can find the Providence Bruins stats here and the Maine Mariners here. Both are of course blank for now as the AHL and ECHL seasons have yet to begin. They are set to kick off their seasons on October 15 and October 22 respectively.
After an excellent season with Leksands IF of the SHL a season ago where he posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 45 games, Cehlarik went on to have a dominant IIHF World Championship for Slovakia with 5 goals and 6 helpers in 8 contests and was named the tournament’s top forward. That was enough for Cehlarik to earn a KHL contract with defending champion Avangard Omsk.
Cehlarik had signed a two-year deal with Leksands IF in August 2020, but used an out-clause in his contract to pursue other options. It is believed that Lausanne HC of the National League – Switzerland’s top league – was making a strong push to lure Cehlarik.
This season began with Cehlarik representing Slovakia once again, this time at the Olympic qualifiers. He scored twice in 3 games, doing his part in helping The Slovaks qualify for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China. He will almost certainly represent Slovakia at the Olympics.
We are just two games into the KHL season and Cehlarik has come out guns blazing scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in those contests while averaging 22:36 in TOI. No one expects him to keep up that torrid pace. It’s difficult to say why he didn’t find success with the Bruins in the NHL, but an excellent KHL season could earn him another look, or at best, he could be part of a trade if another NHL team is interested.