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.
NEWS | The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings for forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first round pick and a 2022 second round pick.— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 12, 2021
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.