Wings select only 50-goal scorer in draft in Anthony Mantha

The Detroit Red Wings have selected Anthony Mantha of the Val d’Or of the Quebec Major Junior League.

The left winger is 6-4, 190 pounds and had 50 goals and 39 assists in 67 games last season and was also a plus-21.

He’s the only 50-goal scorer in draft.

Here are some bullet points on Mantha from NHL.com:

• In 2012-13, he recorded five hat tricks, posted one four-goal performance and was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team.

• He led the Foreurs in scoring with 12 points (5-7–12) in nine games during the 2013 playoffs — Val-d’Or lost to Blainsville-Boisbrand in the second round.

• Mantha helped Team Canada capture a bronze medal at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship, scoring one goal in seven games.

• His grandfather is four-time Stanley Cup champion Andre Pronovost — he played 556 games for Montreal, Boston, Detroit and Minnesota between the 1956-57 and 1967-68 seasons.

From TSN Scout Craig Button: Anthony is a very gifted scorer. “Excellent hands and he is able to handle the puck in traffic and in tight spots and get his shot to the net in a manner that makes it difficult for goaltenders. Can attack in multiple ways, skating and shooting in stride, in traffic around the net and in a ‘post-up’ position. He has goal scoring instincts and is very quick to recognize them and take advantage. Gets himself open at the right times and is a hard player to keep in check. He is smart and recognizes where the opportunities may present themselves and is capable of making plays which allows him to impact the game in multiple ways from an offensive standpoint. He has continually progressed and he is the type of player who can make a significant offensive contribution at the NHL level.”

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau: “He’s a big kid with a lot of skill. He has everything you need to succeed — he can skate, he’s smart, he reads the play, he has everything. He might need to work on his defensive game, but he can be taught that. You can’t teach talent like he has, or hands like he has.”

Val-d’Or head coach Mario Durocher: “He’s a very intelligent kid. It’s great talking hockey with him. He’s always asking the right questions in practice and even pointing things out that we might have missed sometimes.”

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