The Detroit Red Wings drafted Christoffer Ehn in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft out of Frolunda in the SHL.
This was Ehn’s first experience on a North American ice surface and first taste of North American style hockey, but someone did not know that fact, then they would not have suspected it.
At 6’2″ and 180 pounds, Christoffer Ehn was one of the bigger guys on the ice and a nice surprise for a player coming over from Sweden. Even though he will have to add a bit of weight and strength to his body, the basic frame is there.
Ehn uses his body well against the boards and if engaged in a puck battle he used his strength to escape the battle with the puck more often than not.
Christoffer Ehn thinks of himself as a playmaker because of his skating ability and hockey sense and t is refreshing to see a player who models himself as a playmaker not only able to battle for the puck on the boards, but willing to do that.
There are a few differences between the game Ehn is used to playing in Sweden and the one he had been thrust into in Traverse City.
Ehn said, “It’s a lot more little details, like being on the right side of the puck and closing down on angles to give your teammates some more time and space. So you have to be ready the whole time.”
In order to improve his game and his chances at making it to the NHL in a couple of years Christoffer Ehn wants to more on the basics.
Ehn said, “Putting on more weight, getting stronger on the puck, and shielding it from opponents.”
Christoffer Ehn was not only happy to be drafted and have a chance to make it to the NHL, but the Detroit Red Wings are his favorite NHL team. “Since I was a child,” said Ehn. “My idols are like Zetterberg and Lidstrom, you know. They are just great guys and an Original Six team with the great history, it’s great.”
Not only did the Detroit Red Wings find a player, who could end up being a steal in the fourth round, but they found a player that wanted to be a Detroit Red Wing since he was a child and that is invaluable.