The 2002-03 season was a trying one for Ehelechner, as the young German netminder started only three games for the Scorpions, appearing in four altogether, with largely poor results except for his first start of the DEL season against Augsburg Sept. 20. With four head coaches in Hannover over the course of the season, Ehelechner found it difficult to prove himself.
However, the 2002-03 season was not a total loss, as Ehelechner played in three games for Germany at the World Junior Championships, starting Germany’s final game against Belarus earning a 4-0 shut-out. Ehelechner also started in Germany’s two WJC exhibition games, as well as appearing in two exhibition games in the summer of 2002 against Switzerland and two others in November against Switzerland and Slovakia.
The WJC’s did not mark end Ehelechner’s season for the German national team, as he played at the 5-Nations Tournament for Germany as well, standing on his head despite three losses.
Ehelechner’s achievements became further validated when the San Jose Sharks selected Ehelechner in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the 139th overall pick.
In 2003-04, Ehelechner moved to the OHL Sudbury Wolves after a difficult season with the Hannover. There, he got ample playing time and start adjusting to the NHL game. He was a member of the OHL Second All-Star Team in his rookie OHL season. He played in 51 games for Sudbury in 2004-05, earning a winning 23-21-4 record and an OHL ninth-best .916 save percentage. The German’s 2997 minutes played place him fifth in the OHL, and Ehelechner again finished with three shutouts for the Wolves.
While the numbers are similar, the 2004-05 story is slightly different. Ehelechner had a stranglehold on the Sudbury net the first half of the season, starting 30 of the Wolves 36 games before Christmas. After the Christmas break, Sudbury increasingly turned to 18-year-old Kevin Beech, who started 12 of Sudbury’s final 32 games. However, Ehelechner did start the OHL playoffs as Sudbury’s go-to goalie and helped the team defeat Brampton in the first round of the playoffs.
Acquired from San Jose with Nils Ekman for a second round choice.
2007-08: Ehelechner spent the past season in a backup role while helping the Sinupret Ice Tigers of the German Super League to best record in the league.
Tall hybrid who plays angles well and square to the shooter. A calm netminder who almost always lets the shooter make the first move with good concentration and is rarely rattled. Ehelechner also has a good glove-hand, but like many European goalies, must improve his puckhandling skills.