Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/30/13
Heading into Sunday's 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings were adamant that their top priority with their first-round pick would be a goal-scoring forward with size. Trading two spots down from 18th to 20th in the first round, it appears the Wings have their man in Anthony Mantha, a 6-foot-4, 190 pound left wing who led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 50 goals. Considered to have a high hockey IQ, Mantha is a natural goal scorer and the grandson of former Red Wings forward Andre Pronovost. Aaron Vickers of Future Consideration offered this assessment of Mantha: "Mantha brings a great deal of size that hes able to use effectively due to his impressive athleticism. Make no mistake about it, though, Manthas strength comes in his ability to find the back of the net. Few have the combination of accuracy and strength the way Mantha does, whose only major flaw comes with the consistency of his level of compete." If anything, Mantha seems to exude confidence, telling the assembled press corps at the draft that he plans on making the Detroit roster next season. Red Wings GM Ken Holland has always maintained that you never know what you really have in a player until you see him play in the Mens League, as he likes to refer to the NHL. But you have to believe that the Wings were a bit stunned to have Mantha fall to the 20 pick. Detroit had the 18th in the first round but traded it to the San Jose Sharks for the 20th pick of the first round and the 58th pick in the second, which gives the Wings two second round picks, the 58th and their own pick at 48. The draft will continue throughout the evening, with all seven rounds to be conducted by night's end.
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