The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday agreed to terms with forward Anthony Mantha, their first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, on a three-year entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
Mantha, 19, was the 20th player taken in this year's draft. He was the only 50-goal scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season while playing with the Val d'Or Foreurs and leads the QMJHL with 23 points (13 goals) in eight games this season. The 6-foot-5, 204-pound native of Longueuil, Quebec, has 83 goals and 158 points in 139 major junior games.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres