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Red Wings return Mantha to Griffins

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Anthony Mantha to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Mantha, 21, played 10 games during his first taste of NHL action, tallying two goals, one assist and 18 shots on goal while averaging 11:42 time on ice. After making his NHL debut on March 15 at Philadelphia, the second-year pro picked up his first NHL point with an assist on March 22 at Tampa Bay and notched his first two goals, both against the same club, on March 24 vs. Montreal and March 29 at Montreal. The Longueuil, Quebec, native has also appeared in 56 games with the Griffins this season and ranks among club leaders with 21 goals (3rd), 24 assists (6th), 45 points (4th), a plus-18 rating (5th), four power-play goals (T4th), four game-winning goals (T2nd) and 140 shots on goal (5th). He has totaled six points (3-3-6) in his most recent three games with the Griffins and has logged 16 points (9-7-16) in his last 13 AHL games. In 118 games for Grand Rapids over the past two seasons, Mantha has 78 points (36-42-78), a plus-23 rating and 94 penalty minutes.

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. Mantha also led Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with 11 points (5-6-11) in seven games.

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