By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on center Christoffer Ehn.
There were several new faces on the Red Wings' opening night roster last Oct. 4 and none was more surprising than Christoffer Ehn.
Drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round, 106th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2, 193-pound center was Detroit's third choice in the draft because they didn't have a second-round pick in 2014, as that was part of the David Legwand trade with the Nashville Predators.
Dylan Larkin was the Wings' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, 15th overall, and Dominic Turgeon was taken by the Red Wings in the third round, 63rd overall, before Ehn was selected.
Before last season, Ehn spent his entire career in Sweden, playing for the high-profile Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Hockey League from 2015-2018.
Though Ehn was honing his craft in Sweden, he participated in Detroit's development camps each summer from 2014-2017 but was not at development camp in 2018.
But it was decided Ehn would continue his hockey career in North America last season, so he was part of the Wings' Prospect Tournament roster for the first time and caught the eye of Detroit's brass.
Known for his solid two-way play, Ehn is a cerebral player who is rarely caught out of position, has good hands and is an effective penalty killer, though the Wings would like to see him develop some offensive flair to his game.
Yet he showed enough at the Prospect Tournament and training camp last year to make the Wings roster out of camp, which many observers didn't see coming.
If he can add some offense to his skill set, Ehn, 23, should be at least a bottom-six forward on the Wings for the next several seasons. If not, he could be a well-traveled player between Detroit and Grand Rapids, something he experienced this past season.
60 - Games Ehn played during his rookie season in Detroit.
3 - Of the three goals he scored for the Red Wings, one was shorthanded, which also turned out to be the game-winning goal in Detroit's 3-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks on March 25. Luke Glendening and Darren Helm drew the assists on Ehn's first career short-handed goal and game-winner.
6 - He was one of four Red Wings to notch six assists on the season. Defenseman Trevor Daley and fellow forwards Jacob de la Rose and Taro Hirose also doled out six helpers. All of Ehn's six assists were at even strength.
9 - Ehn and de la Rose were the only two Wings to accumulate nine points this season.
-5 - In his 60 games, the rookie was minus-5.
6 - A very disciplined player, Ehn was assessed only six penalty minutes during the 2018-19 campaign.
10:36 - Being a rookie with a very specific role, Ehn's average ice time per game was 10:36. His season-high in ice time was 17:54 against Pittsburgh on April 2 in a 4-1 Wings victory at Little Caesars Arena.
47.45% - Ehn won 84 face-offs and lost 93 draws for a 47.45 winning percentage in the circle.
70-39 - Hits Ehn delivered (70) and shots he blocked (39) as a rookie.
1 - On Oct. 4, he made his NHL debut versus the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena in a 3-2 overtime loss. Ehn doled out his first NHL assist against Toronto on Oct. 11 at Little Caesars Arena on a goal scored by Nick Jensen in a 5-3 Detroit loss. His first NHL goal also came against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 23 in Toronto in a 5-4 overtime loss. Wade Megan drew the only assist.
7 - Seven times the rookie was a healthy scratch for the Red Wings.
17 - Three times during the course of the season, Ehn was sent down to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. He appeared in 17 games for the Griffins and earned two goals and five assists. Ehn was plus-4 and was assessed eight penalty minutes for Grand Rapids. He appeared in all five playoff games for the Griffins and had two assists, was plus-3 and received one minor penalty.