The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has named Anthony Mantha as the Detroit Red Wings Rookie of theYear.

At times Mantha showed greatness with the Wings this season. He scored 17 goals and added 19 assists in 60 games at the NHL level. Mantha was also second on the team in the plus/minus category with a +10 rating falling behind Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg who had a (+15). He finally showed the fans and upper management his potential. Mantha can create plays on his own, and if he has the puck in the offensive zone, the opposition better be aware of his lethal shot.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
Feb 18, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) takes a shot defended by Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mantha started the season with the Red Wing’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. In ten games during the 2016-2017 season, he scored eight goals and added two assists. He was then called up to the Red Wings and never looked back.

 

In 132 regular season games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2014-2016), Mantha scored 44 goals and added 44 assists for 88 points. He also played in 25 games during the Calder Cup playoffs (2015, 2016) scoring six goals and nine assists.

Head coach Jeff Blashill benched Mantha for ‘lack of effort’ multiple times during the 2016-2017 campaign. There is no question about it, Mantha needs to work on his back-checking and board play to become a great player in the NHL.

Mantha has his rookie campaign cut short when he broke his finger on March 30. He told mlive.com reporter Ansar Khan that the injury wouldn’t have an effect on his off-season training.

“I’ll go back in the gym and try to put on a little bit more weight, probably take a few power skating lessons this summer, just try to be quicker out there, more mobile,” Mantha said to Khan.

To read more of Anar Khan’s article click here.

Mantha was drafted twentieth overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut during the 2015-2016 season.