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BREAKING: Anthony Mantha cleared to play; Will make GR debut Friday

Detroit Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha has been cleared by the Grand Rapids medical staff and will make his pro hockey debut on Friday night for the Grand Rapids Griffins when they host the defending AHL Champion Texas Stars at Van Andel Arena.

Mantha was injured in the Traverse City Prospects tournament on September 12th, and tests revealed a fractured right tibia. The initial prognosis was that he would miss 6 to 8 weeks.

Mantha is the most talked about Red Wings prospect in years, and there was a debate on if he didn’t get injured if he would have made the Opening Night roster. The Red Wings traditionally like to keep their prospects in the minors until they are fully ready to handle the rigors of an NHL schedule, but Mantha might be a different story. As it stands, there is no timetable to bring Mantha up to the Red Wings. He’ll likely spend the next few weeks getting his game up to speed in the AHL, before there’s talk of bringing him up to the Wings. Even then, he might need somebody in Detroit to go down with an injury for him to get called up.

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