|(5/20/17) Cernak finished with 21 points (three goals) for the Erie Otters in 2016-17 and has impressed Stacy Roest, Lightning director of player development, reports the Tampa Times.|
Cernak has the potential to become a top-four defender in the NHL. "He's big strong, skates well," Roest said. "He plays simple, moves the puck. He's been a big part of their team so far. He doesn't get much power play time, but he's the first over the board on PK, and usually plays against the other team's top lines. He's a big boy, thick, strong, plays pretty physical. A good package."