The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/02/13 at 02:10 PM ET
TSN and Hockey Canada just revealed the 25 players who will take part in Canada's World Junior Selection Camp between December 12th and 15th in Toronto, ahead of the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, and two names are familiar to Red Wings fans:
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Jake Paterson L/G 6'0" 185 5/3/1994 Mississauga, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) DET '12 (3, 80)
Anthony Mantha L/G 6'5" 204 9/16/1994 Longueuil, Que./Qc Val-d'Or (QMJHL) DET '13 (1, 20)
Update: Yahoo Sports' junior hockey correspondent, Neate Sager, weighed in on both players' selections...
Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL) — The 6-foot-4 finisher par excellence has scored 80 goals since the start of last season, the most of any junior in Canada. Mantha, who had good chemistry with [Jonathan] Drouin while playing for Team QMJHL last month, could be a good asset on the power play. He is one of two Detroit Red Wings prospects on the preliminary squad.
Jake Paterson, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)— The 19-year-old was the third-stringer last season and entered the season as a presumed frontrunner. The Detroit Red Wings selection thrived last year at keeping Saginaw in games last season during a period where it was rebuilding. The Spirit has not quite played up to high expectations this season, which somewhat accounts for Paterson's 3.53 average and .903 save percentage.
And Yahoo Sports' Kelly Friesen named Mantha the "Second Star of the Night" after he scored a hat trick on Sunday:
No. 2 star: Anthony Mantha, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
It is nothing out of the ordinary to see Detroit Red Wings first-round pick Anthony Mantha notch three goals in a single night. He already has four hat tricks on the year and nine throughout his major junior career. But tonight in a 6-1 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Mantha’s hatty stands out from his previous 3-goal nights. For the first time in a Foreurs uniform, he scored all three goals in different situations as the first came on even strength, the second on the penalty kill and the third on the power play. His second on the night ultimately meant the most to his team as it knocked the wind out of the Titan by giving the Foreurs a commanding 4-0 lead with less than 23 minutes left in the game.
The 6-foot-5, 204-pound winger has had an exceptional 19-year-old season to say the least. He has netted 30 goals and 62 points in just 28 contests to lead the QMJHL in scoring while only being held off the score sheet once all year.
Friesen posted a video of Mantha's hat trick as well:
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