Erik Cernak
Erik Cernak
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Tampa Bay Lightning
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired from the Kings in exchange for Ben Bishop back in 2017, Cernak has developed into arguably the most underrated piece on a loaded Tampa Bay blue line. A hulking physical rearguard, the 24-year-old Slovakian logs tons of tough minutes for the Lightning and has the ability to chip in some offense here and there. Cernak is a solid late-round fantasy option in league's which value hits and blocks. He should produce well over 200 of the former and 100 of the latter over the course of a full 82-game campaign, in addition to roughly 20 points and a solid plus-minus rating. It's an attractive package depending on your league's settings. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $8.85 million contract with the Lightning in December of 2020.
Snags helper Friday
DTampa Bay Lightning
July 2, 2021
Cernak registered an assist and four hits in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3.
ANALYSIS
Cernak helped spring a play that ended in Nikita Kucherov giving the Lightning a 3-1 lead just 1:40 into the second period. The 24-year-old Cernak has been productive at both ends of the ice in the playoffs. He's up to 10 points, 56 hits, 23 blocked shots and a plus-12 rating through 19 appearances. He'll continue to play a large role on the second pairing, although mostly as a defensive presence.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:12
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:43
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:15
0:05
2:23
2019–20
18:57
0:08
2:57
2020–21
19:47
0:12
2:43
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
Cernak regressed a bit in his second season, posting 12 points, 172 hits, 97 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating in 67 appearances last year. The Slovak isn't likely to budge from his third-pairing role on the Lightning's blue line any time soon, but a late arrival to training camp could make him a slow-starter in 2020-21. Fantasy managers already know not to expect more than 15 points out of the 23-year-old, who should round out his stat line with over 150 hits and nearly 100 blocked shots while playing solid defense. Due to his physical stats, he could be worth a look in deep formats.
Cernak was a complete revelation as a rookie in 2018-19. He came out of nowhere to play 58 games with the Bolts, most of which were spent in the top four. On many nights, Cernak was the best defender on the ice -- poised, physical and mature well beyond his 22 years. His offensive upside is probably limited, but 30 points are possible to go along with 80-90 PIM and 200 hits this season. There are a few leagues still out there where that type of contribution matters.
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Unlikely scorer in Game 1
DTampa Bay Lightning
June 28, 2021
Cernak scored his first goal of the postseason in Monday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Active in return to lineup
DTampa Bay Lightning
June 25, 2021
Cernak (undisclosed) provided four hits, three shots and two blocks in Friday's 1-0 win over the Islanders in Game 7.
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Ready to rock
DTampa Bay Lightning
June 25, 2021
Cernak (undisclosed) is expected to play in Friday's Game 7 versus the Islanders, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Uncertain for Game 7
DTampa Bay Lightning
Undisclosed
June 25, 2021
Cernak is considered questionable for Friday's Game 7 versus the Islanders, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
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No-go for Game 6
DTampa Bay Lightning
Undisclosed
June 23, 2021
Coach Jon Cooper said Cernak (undisclosed) won't be available for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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