Hockeytown AM: Anthony Mantha Deserves a Permanent Roster Spot

Over the past several games, Anthony Mantha has undoubtedly been the Red Wings’ best player. Just let the stats speak for themselves: five goals over his past five games, nine points over his past six.

Mantha is a big, strong body who possesses excellent offensive instincts and can skate with the best of them. This makes for a deadly combination. His recent breakthrough couldn’t have come at a better time either, for the Red Wings were hitherto starved for someone to step up offensively.

Given the Wings’ present circumstances, Anthony Mantha needs to stay. For good. I don’t want to see him get sent down to Grand Rapids any time soon. The Griffins are doing just fine without him. The Red Wings, however, can’t do without him. Mantha deserves a permanent roster spot.

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Red Wings Links

Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha playing ‘best hockey of young career’ [Detroit Free Press]

Detroit Red Wings like penalty kill, won’t let power play ‘off hook’ [Detroit Free Press]

Analyzing the Detroit Red Wings Powerplay Zone Entries [Winging It In Motown]

Work ethic, attitude key to getting Red Wings’ Petr Mrazek turned around [mLive.com]

Centennial Classic slips through Red Wings’ fingers. Is their season next? [The Hockey News]

Health update via Ansar Khan: Red Wings expect to have Alexey Marchenko Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings; Mike Green and Justin Abdelkader perhaps a week to two weeks away. [The Malik Report]

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