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Mantha called up from Grand Rapids

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings
Anthony Mantha

DETROIT – The 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.

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