Then and Now: Patrik Juhlin

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The Philadelphia Flyers had 10 draft picks in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Of those 10 picks, only three players went on to play in the NHL. One of those picks was Greg Johnson, a center that took part in 785 NHL games, but none of them with the Flyers. Another was Reid Simpson, a left winger who played in one game for the Orange and Black. The third player was Patrik Juhlin, who competed in 56 games for Philadelphia.

After playing in the SHL during the lockout in the 1994-1995 season, Juhlin participated in 42 games for the Flyers. He had four goals and three assists, along with six PIMs and a minus-13 rating.

As the Flyers made their way to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the New Jersey Devils, Juhlin took part in 13 of the team’s 15 postseason games. The right winger produced one goal, as well as two PIMs and a minus-1 rating.

The following season, Juhlin participated in 14 games for the Flyers and in 14 games for the Hershey Bears in the AHL. The forward had three goals and three helpers in the NHL, along with five goals and two assists in the AHL. Juhlin also played a playoff game for the Bears, who fell to the Baltimore Bandits in five games during the opening round.

Juhlin also represented his home country of Sweden during the 1996 IIHF World Championship. He failed to record a point and had a pair of PIMs, as Sweden finished sixth in the 12-team field.

The 1996-1997 campaign was Juhlin’s final year in either the NHL or AHL, as he played in 78 games for the Philadelphia Phantoms. He finished fifth in scoring across the entire AHL with 91 points, as he compiled 31 goals and 60 helpers. The forward also took part in nine of the team’s 10 postseason games, as he posted 13 points in the playoffs.

After he left the Flyers’ organization, Juhlin joined Jokerit of the SM-liiga, where he’d spend parts of three seasons. In his first season with the club, where he was teammates with Sami Salo, Juhlin posted 28 points in 47 games to help Jokerit reach the postseason. In the playoffs, Jokerit defeated Tappara in the opening round before being eliminated by Ilves. The former Flyer posted five goals in seven games.

In his second and final season with Jokerit, Juhlin became teammates with Ossi Vaananen and posted 29 points in 54 games. In the postseason, Jokerit was knocked out in three games by SaiPa. Juhlin didn’t record a single point and spent two minutes in the sin bin in the brief playoff run.

Juhlin went pointless in 12 games with Jokerit to start the 1999-2000 campaign before he left to join SC Bern in the NLA. The change helped the former Flyer, as he potted 17 goals and 14 helpers in 37 regular season games with SC Bern before joining the team for the 2000 NLA playoffs. He had one assist and four PIMs in the postseason.

The forward spent the next four seasons with SC Bern, as he had 43 points in 44 games for the club in 2000-2001. More of the same came for Juhlin in the postseason, as he registered 13 points in 10 playoff games.

In 2001-2002, Juhlin lead the NLA with 27 goals, as he posted 53 points in 44 games. He also averaged over a point-per-game in the postseason, as he had three goals and five assists in six contests.

While he became teammates with Byron Ritchie in 2002-2003, Juhlin had his final productive campaign with SC Bern, as he posted 41 points in 43 games. He also had seven points in 11 playoff games.

The forward then had an assist in seven games during the 2003-2004 before recording three assists in five games before leaving for Vasteras of the Allsvenskan. Juhlin became teammates with Erik Ersberg and posted 33 points in 28 games.

In 2005-2006, the group of Luca Caputi, Kenndal McArdle, and Jeremy Williams joined Juhlin on Vasteras. The former Flyer had 29 points in 38 tilts before joining HC Davos of the NLA for the 2006 NLA playoffs. Juhlin posted nine points in 11 games for HC Davos, who reached the Finals before losing to HC Lugano.

Juhlin returned to Vasteras in 2006-2007 and played three seasons as the team’s captain. In his first season as the team’s leader, Juhlin had 37 points in 42 regular season games, but couldn’t help promote the team to the SHL.

The following season, Juhlin posted 38 points in 43 regular season games to help Vasteras reach the 2008 Kvalserien. Unfortunately for the former Flyer, Vasteras finished sixth in the six-team field, as they missed being promoted by a whopping 16 points.

In his final season, Juhlin had 25 points in 40 regular season games and helped Vasteras reach the Kvalserien for a second straight season. Once again for Juhlin, Vasteras finished last in the tournament, but only missed being promoted by 10 points this time around.

Juhlin has not played since the 2009 Kvalserien. He retired shortly afterwards. He has also not coached anywhere since hanging up his skates.