Capitals: Washington Lands Mantha in Trade with Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals for forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a first round pick for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, and a second round pick for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

26-year-old Mantha has 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 games this season and is a minus-14 for the Red Wings. The Longueuil native was drafted by Detroit in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In 302 career regular season games, all with the Red Wings, Mantha has 95 goals and 99 assists.

The forward produced 50 goals for Val-D’Or in the QMJHL in 2012-2013 and notched 57 the following year, gathering the attention of the Red Wings.

After he was drafted, Mantha spent two seasons in the AHL with Grand Rapids before skating for Detroit in 10 games at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season.

Mantha reached 48 points twice in his NHL career thus far, scoring 25 goals in the 2018-2019 season in just 67 games.

Vrana has 25 points in 39 games this season. The 25-year-old from Prague was drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and has 157 points in 284 games.

Vrana played his first NHL game in December of 2016 against the New York Islanders after a stint in the AHL with Hershey.

He’s also been able to pick up considerable playoff experience with the Capitals, with eight points in 38 post-season games. All eight points came on the way to Washington’s eventual Stanley Cup victory in the 2017-2018 campaign.

Panik has nine points in 36 games this season, including three goals.

The 30-year-old from Slovakia was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has 190 points in 505 career regular season games.

Panik has 20 games of playoff experience with Tampa, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Capitals and has five post-season points.

Pic: NHL

Published by Dr. Pucksworth

Doctor of Puckanomics.

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