Red Wings trade Anthony Mantha to Capitals for 1st-round pick, Panik and Vrana

Capitals also sending over 2nd-round pick in 2022

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 23: Anthony Mantha #39 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Red Wings 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 23: Anthony Mantha #39 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 23, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Red Wings 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (2019 Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a first-round pick, a second-round pick and forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik.

The first-round pick is for 2021 and the second-round pick is for 2022.

This can be considered the biggest move of Monday’s NHL trade deadline as Detroit GM Steve Yzerman gets full price for Mantha, and perhaps more.

Mantha, 26, just signed a four-year contract with the Red Wings in November. The contract carries an average annual value (AAV) of $5.7 million.

Mantha was a 20th overall draft pick in 2013 after putting up 89 points in 67 games with Val d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL. The expectation was that Mantha, standing 6 feet 5 inches, would be an offensive force on the wing at the NHL level. He began to hit his stride in 2017-18 with 24 goals for the Red Wings -- he followed that up with 25 goals in 2018-19.

This season, Mantha got off to a slow start but now has 11 goals and 10 assists through 42 games played with the basement dwelling Red Wings.


Here’s what Detroit GM Steve Yzerman did over the weekend:


Panik, Vrana to join Red Wings

Moving Vrana and Panik allows Washington to free up the cap space they needed to bring on Mantha.

Vrana, 25, was drafted by the Capitals 13th overall in 2014. He has enjoyed a surge of points over the past three seasons from the left wing and has 25 points in 39 games this season. His salary carries a $3.35 million cap hit until the end of this season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Panik, 30, joined the Capitals last year when he signed a four-year contract with them. He costs $2.75 million against the cap. He brings a lot of experience to the Red Wings forward group with 505 career NHL games on his resume (190 points).

The NHL trade deadline was 3 p.m. Monday.


Red Wings draft positions

Here are the updated draft positions for the next two seasons with the additions from the trade deadline moves.

2021 draft positions:

Here’s the updated list of Red Wings 2021 and 2022 draft positions:

2022 draft positions

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.