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.
Red Wings' Anthony Mantha 'can be superstar in league'
Michigan Live | Nov 16