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Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha named CHL’s Player of the Week

Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was named the QMJHL's "First Star" after registering 10 points over the course of two weekend games, and, via RedWingsFeed, he earned the nod as the best player of the past week in the QMJHL, OHL and WHL:

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 13 after recording 10 points in just two games scoring five goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Mantha exploded offensively recording back-to-back five-point games helping the Foreurs earn a pair of victories last week to extend their winning streak to five straight games.  On Friday night Mantha scored twice and added three assists as first star of a 6-4 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs, then netted a hat-trick with two assists on Saturday as first star of a 6-5 overtime win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

Mantha, a 19-year-old from Longueuil, Quebec, is playing in his third QMJHL season with the Foreurs.  A first round pick of the Red Wings, selected 20th overall in 2013, Mantha just recently signed an NHL entry-level contract and currently leads the QMJHL in scoring with 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points in just nine games.

Update: While we're at it, Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson engaged in a Q and A with the Saginaw News's Cory Butzin. It's a bit of fluffernuter, but it's an enjoyable read:

When you’re not playing hockey, what do you like to do? Play golf

Who is your favorite NHL player? Carey Price

What is your most memorable hockey moment? Being drafted by the Red Wings

If you could have any two defenseman in NHL history playing in front of you, who would they be? Scott Stevens and Bobby Orr

Do you have any secret skills? Not really

Any gameday quirks or superstitions? Nothing too weird

What’s your favorite school subject? Gym

When did you start playing hockey? 3 years old

Are playoff beards lucky? Oh definitely.

Do you grow one? I try to. Hopefully this year’s turns out better than last year.

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At some point Detroit is going to have to trade away some of these prospects.  Inevitable.

Posted by neffernin on 10/16/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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