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 Former First-Round Pick Has 21 Goals in 56 Games with Griffins This Season

The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Anthony Mantha from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Mantha, 21, currently ranks third on the Griffins with 45 points (21-24-45) in 56 games, having bested his AHL rookie-year totals in each offensive category after picking up 33 points (15-18-33) in 62 games for Grand Rapids in 2014-15.

This season, he ranks among club leaders with 21 goals (3rd), 24 assists (T4th), a plus-18 rating (5th), four power-play goals (T3rd), four game-winning goals (T1st) and 140 shots on goal (3rd). The second-year pro has been heating up of late for Grand Rapids, racking up six points (3-3-6) during an active three-game point streak and totaling 16 points (9-7-16) over the team’s last 13 games, while notching the game-winning goal on three occasions.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (20th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Mantha enjoyed a prolific junior career prior to turning professional, racking up 260 points (129-131-260) in 189 games for the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year in 2013-14 after leading the QMJHL with 120 points (57-63-120) in 57 games.

Mantha totaled 81 goals in 81 total games on the season, notching a league-best 57 in the regular season and adding 24 in the postseason, where he led Val-d’Or with 38 points (24-14-38) to help the team to a QMJHL championship. He also received the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL’s most-valuable player and Jean Beliveau Trophy for leading the league in points and was named a QMJHL First-Team All-Star. The Longueuil, Quebec, native also led Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with 11 points (5-6-11) in seven games.

Anthony Mantha, Left Wing
Born Sep 16 1994 — Longueuil, PQ
Height 6.05 — Weight 204 — Shoots L

Sselected by Detroit Red Wings round 1 #20 overall 2013 NHL Entry Draft

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