When Patrick Cehlin was shipped back to his native Sweden on loan with Leksand IF for the rest of the 2014-15 season it effectively signaled the end of his time playing hockey in North America for the foreseeable future. His time in the Nashville Predators organization was up following this season and, injury after injury, things sadly didn’t work out. Hopefully his time back home in Sweden will see him get back in form and find success. Leksand IF was the temporary stop. Rögle BK will be his home for the 2015-16 season.
For as rough as Cehlin’s past season already was things came to an end all the same when Leksand IF was relegated from the top tier of the Swedish Hockey League. Rather than compete in the second division of Swedish hockey by sticking with Leksand IF he will join the newly promoted Rögle BK in their first season back in the SHL since the 2012-13 season.
Cehlin was a fifth round draft choice of the Predators in 2010. He made the leap to North America for the 2012-13 season and -unfortunately- his debut season would be as good as it gets. He battled through concussion woes, bone chips in his hip, and a blood clot. In total, he recorded 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) in 112 games with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL – including 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 6 playoff games. He also suited up 10 times as a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL where he tallied 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist).
Per a reliable source I’ve been informed that Cehlin was actually never “loaned” to Leksand IF but rather was placed on unconditional waivers and had his contract terminated. That allowed for his move back to Sweden.