I am sorry Kenny Agostino. I do not consider you a prospect. The Bruins signed the reigning AHL MVP over the summer but his new linemate Peter Cehlarik I do consider a true prospect.
Agostino was just named AHL player of the week with his 2 goals and 3 assists over the weekend. Cehlarik had had 1 goal and 2 assists in those same two games as well.
Cehlarik now has 2 goals and 3 assists in just three AHL games. The line of Cehlarik and Agostino is being centered by Jokob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Mark Divver of the Providence Journal basically called that line the best line in the AHL in his weekly the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. They are controlling the play and sustaining pressure in the offensive end according to Divver who said, “They’ve had 40-to50 second stretches in the offensive zone where the opposing team hasn’t touched the puck.”
Here are highlights of the goals from Agostino and Cehlarik:
In my opinion Cehlarik showed well in his stint in the NHL last season. He had off season shoulder surgery that slowed him in training camp, which prevented him from making a run at a roster spot. But he is already showing some versitility this year by playing the off wing (right wing) on this dominant line for the P-Bruins.
With the recent injury to Ryan Spooner, plus the nonexistent play from him and his linemates Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano, it makes for a real possibility of either of these guys to be called up to replace any of the black holes. Unfortunately with Beleskey’s contract, much like Jimmy Hayes last season, he is going no where. But Vatrano better find his game soon or you will see one of these guys replacing him in the lineup while Vatrano eats popcorn in the press box. Vatrano would need to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL and like Malcolm Subban he’d get claimed before that could happen.
You can only get so many chances and these guys (JFK, Agostino, and Cehlarik) are playing their way up to Boston. As Divver also said in another article chronicling the P-Bruins’ top line “The chances of the trio remaining intact in Providence diminish with each dominant performance.”
- A bit of bad news for Danton Heinen who was sent down to Providence on Tuesday. Heinen had 3 assists on the 3 game road trip for the Bruins and was one of the better players. The line of Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly and Heinen was at least the second best line on the road trip. For Heinen it is just a numbers thing. It has to be a tough conversation between Don Sweeney and Heinen: “Hey Danton, you are out playing a handful of players, but since you do not have to clear waivers we need to send you down.” I am sure Heinen will have a good attitude and report to Providence looking to improve. He will be back soon. Maybe as early as Thursday for the game against Vancouver.
- Trent Frederic showed the Bruins brass his game over the weekend with two local games against BC on Friday night and Merrimack on Saturday. Frederic finished with a goal (BC) and and assist (Merrimack).
- Last week’s BostonPucks.com’s prospect of the week, Jack Studnicka had himself a week that would have been good enough for back-to-back prospect of the week honors. Studnicka finished the week with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in three games. Studnicka now has 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 9 OHL games.
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