Anthony Mantha making case to rejoin Red Wings with strong AHL performances

Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and had the only score in the shootout, helping the Red Wings snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Anthony Mantha is continuing to make a case of rejoining the National Hockey League.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect has eight goals and two assists through 10 games this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Mantha had a goal and assist Wednesday night while also scoring in the shootout as Grand Rapids beat the Cleveland Monsters 5-4.

The 22-year-old is in his third year of professional hockey and failed to make Detroit out of training camp. Mantha had two power-play goals and an assist in 10 games last year for the Red Wings but was criticized for underperforming on several occasions.

Mantha has faced high expectations since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft by Detroit. After playing a full year with Grand Rapids in 2014-15, the Longueuil, Que., native split time between the NHL and AHL last year. Mantha finished the AHL season with 21 goals and 45 points in 60 games.

The Red Wings have been on a bit of a slide lately. Since winning six in a row in October, Detroit had dropped five of six.

Gustav Nyquist leads all Red Wings forwards with three goals and six assists through 14 games.

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