The Detroit Red Wings have come to an agreement with one of their Swedish prospects, inking Christoffer Ehn to a three-year entry-level deal. No financials on the deal have been released so far, but Ehn is already with the Grand Rapids Griffins and will play in their round one matchup with the Milwaukee Admirals.
Ehn, 21, is a big center who has been playing in Frolunda for the past several years, winning an SHL championship last season. Teammates with Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen and Maple Leafs’ prospect Andreas Johnson among others, Ehn was relied upon as a checking center instead of scorer. He scored 13 points in 52 games this season, his career high in the SHL and still has a long way to go in his offensive development.
What he can do already is play in his own end and think the game at a high level. If Detroit can unlock some of the offensive skills that he’s shown at times, they could have a solid middle-six center in a year or two. Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, he has a long way to go to catch the breakout star of that round—Viktor Arvidsson. Grand Rapids will start their playoff series tomorrow night at home, but it would be unlikely to expect Ehn to be in the lineup so soon.