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
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.
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.
Big shutdown defenseman with upside.
|2011-2012||HC Kosice U18||Slovakia U18||37||5||4||9||61||||
|2012-2013||HC Slovan Bratislava U18||Slovakia U18||0||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||1||0||2||2||0|
|HC Slovan Bratislava U20||Slovakia U20||30||4||6||10||18|||||Playoffs||12||0||1||1||8|
|Team Slovakia U20||Slovakia2||8||2||0||2||18||||
|Slovakia U17 (all)||International-Jr||9||1||1||2||10||||
|Slovakia U18 (all)||International-Jr||8||0||3||3||8||||
|2013-2014||HC Kosice U20||Slovakia U20||8||1||3||4||16||||
|Team Slovakia U20||Slovakia||20||2||1||3||2||||
|Slovakia U20 (all)||International-Jr||7||0||1||1||4||||
|HC Kosice||Champions HL||6||0||1||1||4||||
|Slovakia U20 (all)||International-Jr||5||3||2||5||8||||
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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.