Erik Cernak

by Philip on September 13, 2016

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Erik Cernak, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 203

Born: 1997-05-28

Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia

Drafted: 2nd round, 2015, Los Angeles, 43rd overall






September 2016 – Cernak spent the 2015-16 season with the Erie Otters. He scored four goals and 11 assists in 41 games (0.37 points per game). His play picked up a bit in the playoffs, when he scored six points in 13 games (0.46 points per game). He also played for Slovakia in the World Junior Championship (U20), playing four games without scoring any points. The bigger story for Cernak this past season, had to do with his expectations. Cernak had been assigned by the Kings to report to the Otters (where he had been drafted), but he refused to report. Rather, he joined the Ontario Reign, where there was not a spot available for him, so he served as a healthy scratch. In late October Cernak finally reported to Erie. It will be interesting to see where he ends up playing this upcoming season, as both Ontario and L.A. will likely have crowded blue-lines again. Philip Kamhi 

October 2015 - After some wrangling, the hulking Slovakian defenseman has finally agreed to join the Erie Otters. Sheng Peng

June 2015 - Kings take Cernak 43rd overall. Zero fantasy value, but should re-evaluate in one to two years to see if any offense develops. Dobber

June 2015 - When you watch Erik Cernak you see a huge defensive defenseman who battles hard in front of his goalie and in the corner capable of using his size to outplay guys physically. Already playing in a men’s league in Slovakia, Cernak is playing with older players and contributing playing a regular shift in the top four D of his team while also playing on both the penalty kill and powerplay. The big man’s most impressive trait is his ability to not take penalties in his battles as in his 50 games at the top level of Slovak hockey in the 2014-2015 season and playoffs Cernak only took 22 penalty minutes. Benjamin Gallant


Fantasy Outlook: C-

Cernak has the potential to be a solid second pairing defenseman long term. He has an incredible ability to not take penalties while providing a strong physical play which could hurt in some fantasy leagues however his offensive tools, while requiring some work, are present and should transition to the North American rink.



 Cernak with a nasty elbow:


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