Quote of the day … Mike Babcock on rookie Anthony Mantha

TRAVERSE CITY – Wings coach Mike Babcock when told Anthony Mantha’s wants to reach the NHL as soon as possible.

“I don’t want to break the news to him he ain’t making the team,” Babcock said. “He’s got to go back to juniors and learn to be an every-dayer. When you compete every day and when you compete on every puck, get strong enough, live it every day and one day you get to play here in the mean time you get to play juniors or the American League.”

Mantha turned 19 on Monday.

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