Peter Ceresnak Prospect Preview
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.
Here are a few scouting reports on Peter Ceresnak:
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Hockey’s Future: Ceresnak is a two-way defenseman with good size, who relishes contact and likes to pinch into the offensive zone. He is quite raw and does not speak English; so much of his future in North America will depend on his adjustment. He is at least two to three years from being NHL-ready.
The Prospect Park (Jess Rubenstein): Peter Ceresnak surprised us as our first look at him at Traverse City was of a slow footed, slow reacting defender. Not the case as the 6’3 defender showed us an improved stride but also a shot that had something on it. Clearly still a work in progress, Ceresnak is a much improved player since Traverse City.
Radim Jelinek, Czech/Slovak Scout for Red Line Report: Ceresnak is already well built physically and strong on his skates. Feet are a bit slow and heavy, passes are firm and can make good outlet passes, but not smart or creative with puck. Defensively, he is strong in battles and is tough to beat in 1 on 1 situation’s. However; he doesn’t read the play in his own zone when opposing forwards start cycling. Also tends to wander around his own zone and picks up the wrong player in his defensive zone at times.
Hockey Prospectus: Big guy, good stick and uses his size effectively. Doesn’t have a lot of foot speed, but is fairly agile and as long as he’s not in the open ice, can do a pretty good job against opposing forwards. Very physical defender who uses his size effectively along the boards and in front of his net. Plays a highly conservative style, but has shown an ability to make the quick breakouts and outlets. Not a lot of upside here, but could surprise as a long-term project guy later on.
Strengths: Very physical and enjoys contact. Above average passer and has good judgment to pinch when needed.
Weaknesses: Very weak foot speed and at this point isn’t at all an offensive threat at the blue line. At times, misses his coverage assignments and seems lost at times in his own zone.
Future Analysis: Ceresnak is a two-way defenseman with good size and he likes to use it. Better suited for tight checking, clutching and grabbing style where he can use his size and not be exposed with lack of foot speed. At least three years away from being considered for a serious look to make the Rangers roster. Projected to be a 5th or 6th defenseman at the NHL level.