By @MichaelCaples –
TSN just published their latest ‘Top 30 NHL-Affiliated Prospects’ list, and two Red Wings draftees cracked the top 15.
Anthony Mantha checks in at No. 11 on the list, compiled by TSN’s director of scouting Craig Button. Meanwhile, future teammate Dylan Larkin is at No. 15.
Mantha, the Wings’ first-round pick in 2013, has now played in 25 AHL contests this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 20th overall pick in ’13 was on injured reserve to start the season, but he now has six goals and six assists in his first professional season, along with a +8 rating and 45 penalty minutes.
In his final season in the QMJHL, he was named league MVP after recording 120 points in 57 games.
Meanwhile, Larkin continues to establish himself as a hot commodity for Hockeytown. The Waterford native and NTDP alum has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 17 games as a freshman with the Michigan Wolverines. He led Team USA in scoring at the World Juniors, as well, with seven points in five games. For that, he was named to NHL.com’s all-tournament team.
Larkin is also the top American-born player on the list.
Riley Barber, who lived in Livonia while playing for Compuware and then stayed in Michigan to skate for the NTDP, is ranked No. 25 – he’s a Washington draft pick currently playing for the Miami RedHawks.
TSN also had a separate list for the Canadian NHL clubs, and on that one, Macomb native Michael McCarron was ranked No. 3 for the list of Montreal Canadiens prospects. McCarron, another NTDP alum, was recently traded to the Oshawa Generals in the OHL after playing a season and a half with the London Knights. He has 45 points in 30 OHL games this year.
McCarron was the Canadiens’ first-round pick, 25th overall, in 2013.
And in case you were wondering, Max Domi took the No. 1 spot.
See the full TSN list here.