2008-09: Patrick Cehlin played most of the season for Djugardens in the J20 league. In 36 games, he scored 10 goals and added 25 assists for 35 points. In 6 playoff games in that league, Cehlin scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points. Chelin played for Sweden in the U-18 World Junior Championships, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists for 4 points in 6 games.
2009-10: Cehlin played for Djurgardens in the Elitserien for most of the season. In 54 games, he scored 5 goals and added 6 assists for 11 points. In 16 playoff games, Cehlin picked up 2 assists.
2010-11: Cehlin skated in 48 of 54 games for Djurgardens in Sweden’s Elitserien as a 19-year-old. Averaging just over 12 minutes of ice time per game, Cehlin scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was +6 with 14 PMs. Djurgardens finished sixth during the regular season. Cehlin skated in 6 of 7 games during Djurgardens’ first round series with Lulea and was -2 with 1 goal and 2 PMs. Cehlin played for fourth-place Sweden at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship and was +4 with 4 goals, 2 assists and 18 PMs.
2011-12: Cehlin spent his third season with Djurgarden; appearing in 48 of 55 games, primarily in a lower line role. He scored 10 goals with 4 assists and was plus-one with 20 penalty minutes while averaging 10:26 minutes of ice time. Djurgarden finished 11th in the Elitserien and was relegated to Allsvenskan after finishing third in the five-team Kval series. Cehlin skated in 8 of 10 games during the Kval series and was minus-two with no points and 2 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville in June 2012.
2012-13: Cehlin skated in 70 games for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his first season with the Predators organization. He scored 9 goals with 23 assists and was -1 with 28 penalty minutes. The Admirals finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to Texas in a first round playoff series. Cehlin had 1 goal and was an even plus/minus in four playoff games. Cehlin played one ECHL game with Cincinnati, scoring an empty net goal in a February game with the Cyclones before returning to Milwaukee.
2013-14: A lower body injury in November forced Cehlin to miss 35 games but the 22-year-old from Sweden was one of the top forwards for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee after returning to the lineup. He scored two goals with 11 assists over one 11 game stretch after re-joining the Admirals at the end of February. He finished the regular season with six goals and 18 assists and was plus-seven with 33 penalty minutes in 38 games. Cehlin played in two of the three playoff games in the first round series against the Toronto Marlies and scored one goal with one assist.
Cehlin is an excellent skater who accelerates well and has good top speed. He is an offensive-minded player with good technical skills and creativity. He passes the puck well and is a good scorer. Cehlin continues to refine his defensive game and he must continue to add mass and strength to compete at the pro level on a regular basis. He bounced back well from his injury in 2013-14 and showed some chemistry playing with fellow Swedish forward prospects Calle Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg for Milwaukee.
Cehlin is entering the third year of his original entry level contract with Nashville and will push for a spot in training camp. He is likely to start the year in the AHL with Milwaukee and should play a key role for the Admirals. Any late round pick is a long shot when it comes to NHL potential but Cehlin has some offensive instincts and showed chemistry with some of the other forwards in the Nashville system.