Mantha (finger) said he'll be able to avoid surgery on his right ring finger, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The point-packing winger ended his rookie campaign on a sour note, fracturing his digit upon losing a fight during a March 30 contest against the Lightning. Still, fantasy owners shouldn't let the injury affect his draft stock ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. He managed 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 60 games, despite playing on a team that struggled in several areas and left coach Jeff Blashill perpetually tinkering with his lines due to nearly 200 man games lost.
Mantha (finger) will miss the five games that remain on Detroit's regular-season docket, MLive.com reports. Of course, there won't be a postseason for the storied Detroit franchise, so Mantha will get a little extra time to heal from a fractured finger sustained in a fight with Tampa Bay's Luke Witkowski on Thursday. It's an unfortunate end to an otherwise stellar rookie campaign from the towering winger, who in 60 games fashioned 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) to complement a plus-10 rating and close to two minutes per game on the power play. He's proven to be a valuable commodity even outside of keeper formats, so don't lose sight of Mantha in fantasy drafts this fall.
Per GM Ken Holland, Mantha suffered a fractured finger during Thursday's bout with the Lightning and is believed to be done for the season, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Assuming this assessment holds true, it would end a solid first full season for Mantha, who managed 36 points in 59 games for the Red Wings. Ben Street could see an extended role in the final few games of the season with Mantha sidelined.
Mantha sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday night's game in Tampa Bay and will not return. Mantha was likely injured during his fight with Luke Witkowski, as he served his five-minute major and then did not return to the ice. The 22-year-old didn't record any other stats, as he skated only 1:09 before departing.
Mantha scored two second-period goals and registered four shots on net during Monday's overtime win against Carolina. The 22-year-old winger is turning in a strong campaign with 17 goals, 36 points and 133 shots through just 58 games. His 48 PIM and plus-12 rating are also impressive marks, and Mantha has recorded just one goal and two helpers with the man advantage. He should build on his strong showing next year, and with modest growth in his power-play production, there's potential for sizable offensive improvement if things break right. Mantha's ability to move the needle in all fantasy categories has him in line to be a coveted asset sooner than later.
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