There are two roster moves to mention ahead of tonight’s 2015 AHL All Star Classic. The first move is one that should have been expected. The Nashville Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec to the NHL. The second one is a little bit more unexpected. Patrick Cehlin will be joining Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League on loan for the rest of this season.
Cehlin is currently in the last year of his entry-level contract. This move back to his native Sweden should signal an end to his playing career within the organization. He took to Twitter this afternoon to say the following, “Just wanna take a quick minute to thank everyone from @mkeadmirals for the past 2,5 years. Many good memories and friends that I will keep for the rest off my life!”
During his time with the Admirals Cehlin battle through concussions as well as the scary situation this past off-season where he had a blood clot that developed following hip surgery. It delayed his 2014-15 season and, once he started, only played 4 games and didn’t score a point. He was reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL where he played 9 games, scored 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist), had a plus/minus rating of -4, and 6 penalty minutes. He would then suffer another injury that would see him return to Milwaukee to rehab it before getting set up with a loan move with Leksands IF of the SHL.
In Cehlin’s career with the Admirals he played in 112 games and scored 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists).
Mazanec’s second call up on the season comes after being shipped back to Milwaukee during the NHL All Star break. There was some speculation then if that meant a Magnus Hellberg call up could happen after his AHL All Star duties were done. Then he was pulled from Wednesday night’s 3-2 shootout win against the Utica Comets faster than you can read this sentence. Mazanec entered in relief and stopped every shot he faced and held serve in the shootout to win that game. He then got the start Friday night and stopped 25/28 shots on goal in the Admirals 4-3 win over the Iowa Wild.
Good news for Predators fans, alongside the Mazanec recall news was the follow up news that Pekka Rinne resumed skating today. He suffered a lower-body injury against the Vancouver Canucks earlier this month. Still not sure what the time table would be on Rinne’s returning ETA but my guess is that he’s a week or so away. That’s my guess. Your’s is probably as good as mine.
Probably just a matter of time before we should see Rob Madore back into the fold here in Milwaukee. I’m sure that news will come soon enough.
Thoughts on today’s news? What have you thought of Cehlin’s time in the organization? Did Nashville call up the right goaltender?