Cernak, Erik

Erik Cernak

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
221
Born: 
05/28/1997
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Kosice, SVK
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with Los Angeles on February 26, 2017
Last Team: 
Erie (OHL)
Projects As: 
Big shutdown defenseman with upside

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2015
Drafted By: 
Los Angeles Kings
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
43
Draft Team: 
HC Kosice (SVK)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
07/14/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$708 333
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$697 500
Salary: 
$742 500
Salary: 
$685 000

Bio

Comment: 
expected to be assigned to Syracuse for 2017-18 season
Awards: 

2012-13

  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team


2013-14

  • Slovakian Extraliga Champion
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team


2014-15

  • Slovakian Extraliga Champion
  • U20 WJC Bronze Medal


2015-16

  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

Černák is a big defenseman with excellent reach and strength. Is brilliant defensively and in front of his own net. Can also play on the powerplay thanks to his hockey sense. Doesn't take a lot of penalties for a physical player. However, he could improve his skating ability.
- Vladimir Kubik EP

Strengths: 

A huge defenseman with both size and a great stick, he is also strong enough to compete against big NHL opponents already. Also boasts pretty good hockey sense and some offensive upside.

Weaknesses: 

Doesn't have optimum skating ability, which may become an issue as he climbs the organizational ladder. Also, his long-range scoring upside is limited. Must focus on being a shutdown blueliner.

Projection: 

Big shutdown defenseman with upside.

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 HC Kosice U18Slovakia U1837 5 49 61|        
 2012-2013 HC Slovan Bratislava U18Slovakia U180 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 22
  HC Slovan Bratislava U20Slovakia U2030 4 610 18|Playoffs12 0 11
  Team Slovakia U20Slovakia28 2 02 18|        
  Slovakia U17WHC-175 0 00 8|        
  Slovakia U17 (all)International-Jr9 1 12 10|        
  Slovakia U18WJC-186 0 22 8|        
  Slovakia U18 (all)International-Jr8 0 33 8|        
 2013-2014 HC Kosice U20Slovakia U208 1 34 16|        
  HC KosiceSlovakia13 0 00 0|Playoffs7 0 00
  Team Slovakia U20Slovakia20 2 13 2|        
  Slovakia U18WJC-185 0 00 6|        
  Slovakia U20WJC-205 0 00 4|        
  Slovakia U20 (all)International-Jr7 0 11 4|        
 2014-2015 HC KosiceSlovakia43 5 813 16|Playoffs7 0 11
  HC KosiceChampions HL6 0 11 4|        
  Slovakia U20WJC-206 0 22 4|        
  Slovakia U20 (all)International-Jr5 3 25 8|        
  Slovakia (all)International3 1 01 6|        
 2015-2016 Erie OttersOHL41 4 1115 35|Playoffs13 0 66 10 
  Slovakia U20WJC-204 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Erie OttersOHL50 3 1821 53|Playoffs22 1 89 10 
  Erie OttersM-Cup1 0 11 0|        
  Slovakia U20WJC-205 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -- -|        

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Bolts Deal Bishop to Kings; Acquire Budaj, Cernak, and picks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Budaj, 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, has played in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with seven shutouts. Budaj, 34, has appeared in 350 NHL games with Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, with a 152-127-39 record with 18 shutouts.

Cernak, 6-3, 221 pounds, has skated in 41 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters this season, registering three goals and 17 points, along with a plus-27 rating. The 19-year-old defenseman has played in 82 career OHL games with Erie, recording seven goals and 32 points with a plus-34 rating.

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