Anthony Mantha offered so much hope for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans when he was selected 20th overall in 2013, at the time their second-highest pick in 22 years.

A big, strong winger with prolific goal-scoring ability, decades of drafting low precluded the organization from acquiring young talent like this.

After a slow transition to the pro ranks, Mantha showed much promise last season. This year, he looks like a star in the making.

"I think he can be a superstar in this league," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "He can do it in many fashions, whether it's with his hands, his shots or deflecting pucks in front, he's a very dynamic player. If he continues to work hard and work at his craft the sky's the limit for him."

Howard spoke after Mantha scored a pair of goals, assisted on another and pummeled Travis Hamonic Wednesday in an 8-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena.

"It's great to hear," Mantha said. "It's always fun when teammates talk good about you. I just need to keep going that way. If (Howard) thinks I'm playing good, if I keep going that way it could be a good impact for this team."

Nobody has made a bigger impact on the team this season than the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mantha. He has 11 points in his past eight games and leads the Red Wings with 10 goals and 19 points in 19 games.