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Notes Focused on The Detroit Youngsters

09/30/2018 at 6:55pm EDT

from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of the Wings' website,

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he expects the Ehn to be in the lineup Thursday night when the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"That one probably surprised me a little bit," Blashill said. "I said to (general manager) Ken Holland last week I want to make sure we have four lines that I can play and trust and we can put any line out there against anybody at any time and I want to make sure we have a momentum line and a line … I talked to Kris Draper lots about his old line and Scotty (Bowman) used them in a lot of different ways, sometimes it was against the other team's best, sometimes it was to create momentum off the opening face-off, all that kind of stuff."

With Ehner, over the course of six or seven exhibition games he's really shown he knows how to play the right way, knows how to manage his game. He went up against some of the best players in the world and one-on-one handled (Pittsburgh's Evgeni) Malkin pretty good. I think he's a real good player who skates well. Again, it's an everyday league and we'll see, but so far he's made a real good impression. I think he's got some offensive ability, he showed that on the seam pass he made yesterday to Turgeon. I'm excited about where he's at."

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