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Anthony Mantha | Winger | #39

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 214
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (20) / DET

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The Detroit Red Wings have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players.
Heading to the AHL are: Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Louis-Marc Aubry, Tyler Bertuzzi, Colin Campbell, Zach Nastasiuk, Tomas Nosek, Eric Tangradi, Nick Jensen, Robbie Russo and Ryan Sproul. The team also announced that goaltender Jake Patterson will be sent to the ECHL, while Mark Zengerle and Scott Czarnowczan were released from his professional tryout. Mantha, 21, was Detroit's first round pick in 2013. He had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 games in the AHL last season. Sun, Oct 4, 2015 02:07:00 PM

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Anthony Mantha potted a goal for the Red Wings, who edged the Maple Leafs on Saturday night 2-1 in their preseason finale.

He scored late in the second period while on the man advantage. Mantha disappointed last season with 15 goals and 33 points 62 AHL games, but the 2013 first-round pick remains supremely talented and very much a part of the Red Wings’ future, just not right away this season. Andreas Athanasiou picked up the other goal. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:52:00 PM

Anthony Mantha admitted that last year was a learning experience for him.

"Last season I couldn't practice with the guys, couldn't play in the scrimmages. Having the chance this year is a big difference," said Mantha, who fractured his left tibia during the NHL Prospects Tournament a year ago and missed the first two months of the regular season. "For sure I learned a lot. It was a learning process throughout the year. I talked a lot with Blash (coach Jeff Blashill), watched a lot of video, so this year it's like a fresh start and I know what I need to do."
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 10:14:00 AM

Anthony Mantha called last year a learning experience under then-AHL coach Jeff Blashill, now the Red Wings’ NHL coach.

Mantha broke his leg in the prospects tournament, and didn’t return until November. He then put up 15 goals and 33 points, disappointing when compared to his expectations. The front office has told him to emulate the work ethic of a third-year Red Wing. "Like Kenny (general manager Holland) said a few days ago, I think (Luke) Glendening is the one we need to look the most at only because he works hard in practice and games and he competes his heart out," Mantha said.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill thinks the expectations for Anthony Mantha were too high last season.

Mantha was coming off of a 120-point campaign in the QMJHL and went on to record 15 goals and 33 points in 62 AHL contests in 2014-15. "He got hurt two times during the season, and that made it difficult on him — especially at the beginning of the year, when you are establishing good habits," Blashill said in Mantha's defense. "And then right before the playoffs, in June." Blashill thinks that Mantha has the potential to be a great player, but he needs time to develop good habits in terms of how hard he's working. Mantha was so dominant at the junior level that he could get away with certain things, so now he has to adjust to a higher level that will ultimately hold him to a different standard. Mantha isn't expected to make Detroit out of training camp.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 08:53:00 AM

Top prospect Anthony Mantha will have a difficult time making the Red Wings' roster out of training camp.

He had a mediocre season with Grand Rapids of the AHL in 2014-15 due in part to a slow recovery from a broken leg. No matter the reason, Mantha has now fallen behind other Detroit prospects Dylan Larkin and Teemu Pulkkinen on the depth chart and according to GM Ken Holland is not likely to crack the Wings' lineup anytime soon. "Realistically, I think it’s going to be a struggle for him to make the team," Holland said. "I use the word "earn the jersey." You've got to come in and take a job. We probably got 14, 15, 16 forwards we think can legitimately fight for a spot on the team. I’m not even sure if Anthony is in that group." Doesn't sound like 2015-16 will be Mantha's breakout season.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 09:43:00 AM

According to Damien Cox of Sportsnet, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is available.

The 20-year-old was believed to be unavailable a little while ago, but after a difficult season in the AHL in 2014-15, it sounds like the Red Wings are willing to part ways with him for the right price. Mantha was the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Mantha broke his leg during the team's rookie camp in September and he admitted it took him some time before he felt like himself again. He finished his first AHL season with 15 goals and 18 assists in 62 games.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Anthony Mantha hasn't lived up to his own expectations in his first AHL campaign.

Mantha had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 contests with the Grand Rapids Griffins. For a player that had 120 points in 57 QMJHL games in 2013-14, this was obviously a very different kind of season. "I expected a lot more from myself," said Mantha. "It was a hard season to adapt, coming back from an injury." The injury is question was a fractured left tibia, which he sustained during the Traverse City prospects tournament. That cost him the opportunity to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk in training camp. Mantha still has a ton of upside and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him do much better next season.
Fri, May 29, 2015 10:10:00 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland described Anthony Mantha's first pro seasons as "a struggle."

"I think that Anthony Mantha is going through what many young players go through at AHL," Holland said. "They turn pro and have high expectations, and pro hockey fights back. Then young player has to deal with the adversity of not being as successful as quickly as you think you should be. I think adversity is a wonderful tool, and for a young player, it's easier to deal with in the AHL, when you're away from the spotlight." He had a fractured right tibia at the start of the season, but earned just 15 goals and 18 assists in 62 games with Grand Rapids. Mantha earned one assist in five games during the first round of the postseason and he saw limited minutes in the deciding match of the Griffins' best-of-five series against the Toronto Marlies. However, it's still far too early to worry about the 20-year-old forward.
Wed, May 6, 2015 03:41:00 PM

Anthony Mantha has been going through some growing pains in his first pro-season in the AHL.

"Mantha is learning he's got to compete harder to get space, because players are bigger and more organized," said Red Wings' GM Ken Holland. "I saw him Wednesday and, as the game wore on, he did some things to get some scoring chances, but the AHL is a great league. Mantha is going through what almost everyone goes through." The 20-year-old was Detroit's first round pick in 2013. After posting back-to-back 50-plus goal seasons in the QMJHL, Mantha has six goals and 13 points in 29 AHL games this season.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 09:42:00 AM

Red Wings' super prospect Anthony Mantha is finding life in the AHL challenging so far.

Mantha scored two goals in his first four games with Grand Rapids but since then has registered a mere asisst in five contests. "I think I'm hard on myself right now," Mantha said. "It's not where I was expecting myself to be at. But I just need to work hard every game and I think even if it didn't go in tonight, I had a pretty good game." Mantha, who got a late start to his season due to a broken leg, is going to be a special player once he gets accustomed to the pace of professional hockey. Keep an eye on him.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Although the stat sheet won't show it, Anthony Mantha had a successful professional debut Friday night with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

Mantha did not register a point in the Griffins' 3-2 overtime win against Texas but he did hit two posts in the game and was dangerous in his 19 minutes of playing time. The 20-year-old phenom had been out of action since breaking his tibia on September 12th in rookie camp. Mantha was expected to challenge for a Wings' roster spot and will likely be called up to Detroit as soon as he has his timing and fitness in good shape. Mantha is a must add for those in dynasty leagues.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Anthony Mantha (fractured tibia) is slated to play on Friday in Grand Rapids.

He's been sidelined with a fractured right tibia since September when he was hurt at the prospects tournament. The contest will be his professional debut.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Anthony Mantha (fractured tibia) will head to Grand Rapids to get situated, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

He had been recovering in Detroit and is still on crutches, but the Red Wings will play six of their next eight games on the road. Holland wants Mantha to be around teammates and have more interactions while he gets better rather than spend time cooped up in a hotel room.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:22:00 AM

According to HNIC's Elliotte Friedman, the Sabres requested Anthony Mantha back from the Red Wings in a trade for Tyler Myers.

"The Red Wings stopped there," Friedman said. Perhaps the Red Wings would’ve considered if they were acquiring the Myers from a few years ago. As is, Mantha, the 20th pick in the 2013 draft, is loaded with potential, scoring 57 times and notching 120 points in the QMJHL last season. While Myers, 24, has been a shadow of the player he was his rookie season when he recorded 48 points.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 09:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Dylan Larkin
3Brad Richards
4Darren Helm
5Riley Sheahan
6Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Teemu Pulkkinen
4Drew Miller
5Andreas Athanasiou
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Johan Franzen
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
8Alexey Marchenko
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek