|(6/18/16) Mantha will be worth watching this fall. "We're going to give Anthony Mantha every opportunity to make the team in training camp," said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a report by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.|
Holland issue that statement Saturday afternoon, not long after Pavel Datsyuk, a surefire Hall of Famer, announced that he will not play out the final year of his contract with the Red Wings in 2016-17. Mantha, a big-bodied winger, is quickly ascending to the top of the organization's ranks as a first-round (20th overall) draft pick in 2013 . The prospect produced 33 and 45 points, respectively, with AHL Grand Rapids over the last two seasons, and sampled life in the NHL with a 10-game stint in the recently completed campaign. Given his potential, he makes for a nice speculative pick in the late rounds of fantasy drafts this fall.