According to multiple sources, the Nashville Predators avoided losing the rights to Patrick Cehlin by signing him to a three-year contract worth $525,000 per year at the NHL level. The signing took place on Thursday, just before the Preds rights were set to expire on June 1.
Cehlin was a 2010, fifth round choice at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. Here is his career statistics from Elite Prospects.
Cehlin appeared excited by the signing and received plenty of congratulatory salutations on his Facebook page.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS SIGN 2010 DRAFT PICK PATRICK CEHLIN
Nashville, Tenn. (June 5, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2010 draft pick Patrick Cehlin (PAT-rihk SAY-lihn) to a three-year entry-level contract. Cehlin is expected to play his first season in North America in 2012-13.
Cehlin, 20 (7/27/91), ranked fourth on Djurgarden in both goals (10) and plus/minus rating (+1) during his third season in the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien) in 2011-12. In 2011-12, the 5-11, 170-pound right wing tied for fifth among Elitserien junior players in points (16) and assists (12), and during his rookie season on the senior circuit (2009-10), the Huddinge, Sweden native helped Djurgarden reach the League finals and earn a silver medal.
Nashville’s third choice, 126th overall (fifth round), in 2010 Entry Draft also has represented his homeland in a pair of international competitions in the last four years: he was named one of Sweden’s three best players of the 2011 World Junior Championships while tying for team lead in points (4g-2a-6pts) and tying for fifth in the tournament in goals (4), and tied for first at the 2009 U-18 World Championships in penalty minutes (37) while posting four points (2g-2a) in six games.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass