Per Loose Pucks, 2011 6th round draft selection Peter Ceresnak has been selected for Slovakia’s World Junior Championship roster. Previously, we discussed Christian Thomas’ invite to Canada’s selection camp. A defenseman, Ceresnak played 6 games for Slovakia in the tournament last season.
Yes, not the most exhilarating news regarding the Rangers. But every prospect counts, and a prospect like Ceresnak getting a spot on a pretty quality hockey team in Slovakia is noteworthy. When reflecting on the Traverse City tournament I highlighted Ceresnak as one of the player who did the least to impress me. However, I also noted that there is still plenty of time for him to improve. Bigger defensemen usually take longer to develop, and Ceresnak specifically is used to playing in the larger European rinks, where the pace of the game is slower.
Since Traverse City, though, Ceresnak has been relatively impressive with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes. I haven’t watched the games myself but reports on him by those who have seen games have praised his play. A stat line of 4 goals and 6 assists in 27 games is also solid for an 18 year old defenseman.
He’s far from a feature prospect but he’s certainly worth monitoring; especially in an important tournament like the World Junior Championships. Ryan Callahan (5th round), Dan Girardi (undrafted), and Henrik Lundqvist (7th round) and just recently called up Carl Hagelin (6th round) are just a few examples of players on the roster who are making an impact at the NHL level despite not much of a reputation when entering the organization. The potential is there for Ceresnak, and how he fares against the world’s best of his age group will be a good litmus test for where he stands.