Peter Ceresnak Prospect Preview

Mike S.

In the 2011 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers in the 6th round selected young and raw defensemen by the name of Peter Ceresnak. A very typical 6th round selection that’d shown an upside to his game a year leading up to the draft. Ceresnak is by no means in McIIrath’s or Brady Skjei’s level at this point; as he is years away from even being considered an AHL or even an NHL defenseman. However; he has shown enough upside to be worth mentioning and featured in this article.

There’s no doubt that there’s was something about Ceresnaks game that likely caught the eyes of the Rangers’ brass, and that would be his big frame (6’3/209 lbs). Ceresnak is your pro-typical two-way defenseman who will use his body if given the chance to, while also contributing in the offensive zone as well. He won’t be the type of player that will have you breathless with his speed or overwhelming slap shot, but he will do all of the little things right.

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READ: Peter Ceresnak Is Excited About Peterborough

2011 sixth round pick Peter Ceresnak was introduced in Peterborough after being selected fourth overall in the CHL Import Draft last week.

The Peterborough Examiner, via Buzzing the Net, quoted Ceresnak as saying he likes to play like fellow Slovak defenseman Zdeno Chara.

The 6-3, 209lb Ceresnak said that Peterborough reminded him of his home in Slovakia.

I am always intrigued by late round European draft picks, and it does say something about him that he was chosen fourth overall in the import draft. Maybe he can be an NHL defenseman down the line, but I wouldn’t put him into any lineups in the near future. It will be interesting to see how he plays in North America, and not playing more in Slovakia or going somewhere else to play in Europe. Surely it will be easier for the Rangers to follow him and track his development in the OHL.

Update: 5:37PM:

OHL Prospects isn’t a big fan of Ceresnak and quote a source as saying, “not really smart positionally, doesn’t read the play well in own zone, could be beaten 1 on 1 down low and gets out of position looking for hit. Not instinctive or creative player offensively, lacks ability to lead PP from point. Shot is heavy but release is a bit slow.”

NEWS: Rangers Trade for 6th Round Pick and Draft Peter Ceresnak

The New York Rangers have traded their 2012 6th round pick to Nashville for their 6th round pick (172) this year.

With this pick, the Rangers select Slovak defenseman Peter Ceresnak (Slovakia-Jr. Trencin Jr.)

Ceresnak is 6-3, 209.

He was ranked 161 by Future Considerations.

More about Ceresnak here

Seems like a defensive defenseman and a low risk pick that can develop over in Slovakia. The Rangers traded to get him, so they must know or like something about him.