21-Year-Old Left Wing – Detroit Red Wings
Anthony Mantha Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings in October 2013.
Mantha was assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Mantha has torn up the QMJHL the last two seasons, including a 120-point and plus-34 season in 2013-14. The Red Wings have high hopes for the burly winger, but it will probably take another year or two before he gets a hard look with the parent club. While he won't be eligible to play in another World Juniors, he will likely have more than enough playing time in the AHL to make up for it. Mantha did suffer a fractured tibia during Septemberís prospects tournament, but heís expected to be ready to go at some point in November.
Mantha, the first-round selection of Detroit in 2013, led the QMJHL in goals last season with 50. He still has a bit to learn in the lower levels, but certainly has the talent to make it to the NHL and contribute in the next few years.