The Detroit Red Wings organizational philosophy is to leave players in the development pipeline for as long as possible. That includes having even their prospects spend time in the American Hockey League.
However, Anthony Mantha could break that mold. The team's 2013 first-round pick (No. 20), is No. 10 on NHL.com's Top 60 prospect ranking.
"Because of what he's done in major junior he's kind of accelerated [his path] and given himself an opportunity to legitimately be a Detroit Red Wing and an opportunity to crack our top six," Kris Draper, Red Wings special assistant to the general manager, told NHL.com staff writer Tal Pinchevsky.
The first step for Mantha will come when he joins other Red Wings prospects at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which runs Sept. 12-16.
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