2010-11: Peter Cehlarik played for the MsHK Zilina U18 team in his native Slovakia. He scored 15 goals with 18 assists and was +8 with 8 penalty minutes in 40 games.
2011-12: Cehlarik skated in six game for MsHK Zilina’s U18 and spent most of the season playing in the Lulea club in Sweden. He scored 6 goals with 2 assists and had 16 penalty minutes in six games in Zilina. Cehlarik played eight regular season games for Lulea’s U20 team, scoring 2 goals with 2 assists, and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes. He had a hat trick in his only playoff game. In 28 games for the Lulea U18 team, including four playoff games, he scored 17 goals with 15 assists and was +13.
2012-13:Cehlarik made his pro debut in Sweden’s Elitserien — playing in eight regular season games and six playoff contests for Lulea — and represented Slovakia in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists for Lulea during the regular season and had 1 goal in the playoffs. Cehlarik scored 17 goals with 20 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in 38 games for Lulea’s U20 team during the regular season and had 1 assist in three playoff games. Cehlarik was dominant in domestic U18 play, scoring 8 goals with 9 assists in 10 games for Lulea. In six games at the U18 WJC he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -2. Cehlarik was ranked 28th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Boston in the third round (90th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Cehlarik split his first pro season in Sweden between SHL club Lulea and Asploven in the second league, Allsvenskan. He played for the Slovakia U20 team in the 2014 World Juniors. Cehlarik scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games for Lulea. Lulea finished sixth in the regular season before falling to Vaxjo in a first round series. Cehlarik saw limited action and had no points nor penalties in two playoff games. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in 18 Allsvenskan games with Asploven. In five games at the WJC he had 3 assists and was +3 with two penalties as Slovakia finished eighth, falling 6-0 to Sweden in the quarterfinal round.
Cehlarik is a big-bodied winger with a high offensive pedigree and a goal scoring release. While not a pure goal scorer, he reads the play well and makes the players around him better. While part of his success in dominating at the junior levels was his size and strength advantage, he is dangerous around the net at the pro level because he has a great set of hands and sharp hockey sense.
Cehlarik has now played three seasons with Lulea and has assumed a full-time role for the squad. He played in his second World Juniors tournament with Slovakia in January 2015. In terms of his future potential Cehlarik will likely have a period of adjustment when he first arrives in America and may have to spend time at the minor pro level. His success to this point suggests he can be a top-six forward down the line.