|(5/13/17) Mantha (finger) has earned Rookie of the Year honors by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association for his fine play in the 2016-17 campaign, CBS Detroit reports.|
While he was unable to crack the opening-night roster, Mantha earned a Nov. 11 call-up when Andreas Athanasiou sustained an injury, and he never looked back. The towering winger finished with 17 goals, 19 assists and a plus-10 rating on a Wings team that posted a pitiful minus-37 goal differential. A fractured finger cut Monster Mantha's season short, but surgery wasn't required and we imagine he'll be fine for the 2017-18 campaign. A nimble skater for his size, Mantha should be a mainstay on the man advantage, and shareholders of the winger in keeper leagues should be excited about his fantasy prospects.