After a few surprises in the first round, the Red Wings traded their #18 overall pick to the San Jose Sharks in return for their own pick (#20 overall) and the #58 overall pick, which the Sharks got from Pittsburgh in the Douglas Murray trade. Detroit used that pick to take Anthony Mantha, who we had going to Detroit in SB Nation's Mock Draft.
Mantha brings size and goalscoring from Val d'Orr of the QMJHL, as we discussed in our mock profile. Here's what we had to say then:
Mantha missed out on the 2012 draft by virtue of being born one day behind the cutoff. The extra year he got in juniors before becoming draft eligible couldn't have worked out better for the kid, as he tore through last season scoring 50 goals in 67 games. He's listed as the #10 North American skater in the Central Scouting Rankings currently and is the grandson of four-time cup-winner André Pronovost (making him also the grand-nephew of Marcel Pronovost).
To answer the most-pressing question about him, Mantha is a big-bodied goal-scorer. He's a developing power forward who goes to dirty areas and doesn't hesitate to shoot. Here's what Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau had to say about him:
"He's a big kid with a lot of skill. He has everything you need to succeed -- he can skate, he's smart, he reads the play, he has everything. He might need to work on his defensive game, but he can be taught that. You can't teach talent like he has, or hands like he has."
Here's the coverage video of the pick.