By: Pat Caputo
1. In 81 games regular season and playoff games for Val d’Or in the Quebec Major Junior League, Mantha scored 81 goals. In the same league, his last year of juniors, Sidney Crosby had 80 goals in 77 regular season and playoff games.
2. The Red Wings drafted Mantha 20th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. It was a deeper than usual draft, but how Mantha was still there at No.20 is incredible. It’s not like he came out of nowhere this season. He had 50 goals in 67 regular season games the year before. He was grown an inch since he was drafted by the Red Wings, from 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5, at least according to official records.
3. Mantha’s grandfather, Andre Pronovost, played on several Stanley Cup championship teams with Montreal in the 1950s, and played for the Red Wings during the early 1960s.