The Detroit Red Wings have made a move today, signing center Christoffer Ehn to a three year entry level contract, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Ehn, 21, was drafted in the fourth round by the Wings in 2014. Khan notes that Ehn will join the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday.
Ehn doesn’t have great scoring numbers. According to eliteprospects.com, Ehn’s career high in points in any level of hockey is 36, which he totaled in the 2014-15 J20 SuperElit season as captain of the Frolunda HC J20 team. However, his size is something that the Wings likely covet. Standing at 6’3″ and 180 lbs, he can be a tough center to beat in faceoffs and could also be a bruising player. Another thing that may be desired is his discipline. Last season for Frolunda HC, Ehn totaled just 10 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games and just two penalty minutes in 13 tournament games.
Jiri Fischer, who is currently a part of Red Wings player development, had this to say about Ehn last year, which Khan relayed in his piece:
“He’s not afraid to try to beat guys one-on-one. He was certainly very good at the U18 World Championships. That’s one of the reasons he caught our scout’s eye. On the faceoffs and in battles, once he gets stronger, he’ll be fantastic.”
The Red Wings are in the midst of an impending rebuild, and these kinds of moves are important. They need to fill their system with these promising kids and let them develop into NHL caliber players. This is the first step in restoring the Wings’ to glory.
Ehn adds a presence to the AHL roster as the Griffins look to go deep in the AHL playoffs. I figure he will be down there for at least next season before joining the Red Wings NHL roster.
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