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Son of a Wing

Top 50 NHL Prospects: 3 Wings in the top 30.

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25. Anthony Mantha, LW, Detroit Red Wings
DOB: 9/16/94 | Age: 19
2013-14 stats (Val-d'Or, QMJHL)
: 32 GP, 35 G, 38 A, 73 P
Preseason ranking: 86

Mantha has become a big name in the prospect world this season, due to the way he's been tearing up the QMJHL and his great performance at the WJC (11 points in seven games). He's a toolsy forward, as he's big with great speed and can impress with his possession skills or finishing ability. He has to improve his play in the defensive end, as well being a little tougher in battles.

24. Calle Jarnkrok, C, Detroit Red Wings

DOB: 9/25/91 | Age: 22
2013-14 stats (Grand Rapids, AHL)
: 38 GP, 10 G, 6 A, 16 P
Preseason ranking: 35

Jarnkrok has been just fine in his first AHL season, and I expected more of him given his age and talent. This high ranking is based on hope of greater things to come based on his great hockey sense and creation skills, on top of good things I've continuously heard from scouts over the years. The lack of physical development is concerning.

28. Tomas Jurco, RW, Detroit Red Wings
DOB: 12/28/92 | Age: 21
2013-14 stats (Grand Rapids, AHL):
32 GP, 13 G, 19 A, 32 P
Preseason ranking: unranked

Jurco has been great in his second AHL campaign, earning a brief call-up to the Wings earlier this season. He's a sensational puck handler who can make a ton of plays in the offensive end of the rink. Jurco needed time to adjust to the QMJHL level before he elevated his game, and after a bumpy first pro AHL season he looks to be turning the corner again.

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FYI Buffalo has 5 in the top 50.

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