The #RedWings today signed right wing Anthony Mantha to a four-year contract.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 3, 2020
Anthony Mantha Re-Signs With Detroit
Anthony Mantha was one of two bright spots for the Detroit Red Wings going into the 2019-20 season. That hope was somewhat derailed when Mantha was injured and missed 28 games. Detroit’s season took a turn for the worse and had a historically bad season. With only the shoulders of Dylan Larkin to lean on, they were in bad shape. If they had Mantha for the entire season, they may have been in better shape.
Anthony Mantha was on pace to have a career year. As one of the most underrated players in the NHL, in 43 games he scored 38 points. That career-high 0.88 points per game pace had him on track for a 62 point year. If he had never been injured, he would have blown away his best of 48 points in a season. He also had a monster year defensively last season with a relative Corsi for of 10.4. Just when you think he couldn’t get better, he hit 11.1 this season. Looking at the contract that just expired, Mantha was underpaid. On a Detroit roster with a lot of bad contracts, he was one of the best. As a top-line player for the Red Wings, he was due for a pay raise.
Although Mantha is a highly talented player, he needs to prove he can stay on the ice to earn his new contract. He has never played a full season. While he does tear it up when he can skate, he has never played a full NHL season. Over the past four seasons, the Detroit Red Wings have played 317 NHL contests. Mantha has only played in 260 of them, missing 57. If he can stay healthy, this team will have a top tier forward who has developed an impressive offensive game over the last few seasons.