Carenfelt, who began the season in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm, recently returned to Sweden to play with Djurgården’s J20 team. However, last week he made his debut in the SHL for Djurgården’s top team. The SHL is the top professional league in Sweden, and playing in that league could affect Carenfelt’s eligibility.
However, from the quotes in the Hockey News SE story, it might not matter because it appears that Carenfelt intends to remain in Sweden.
“Let’s see how it goes,” he said (translated from Hockey News SE). “It’s a bit unclear yet … we are working on the papers and such.
“If there is the opportunity to stay in Djurgården, I would do it every day of the week,” he said. “Let’s see, I’m going to try to fight as hard as possible now with J20. Then we’ll see where it lands.”
According to a source, Merrimack wasn’t caught off guard by Carenfelt’s decision.
Carenfelt had six points (4g, 2a) in 18 games for the Storm this season.
“I didn’t really like (North America),” Carenfelt said. “It was a huge change to move there. I lived with a family that was great, but I didn’t think it was worth not having fun every day, so I contacted Djurgården and they were willing to take me home. I’m really happy about it.”