The CHL’s annual Subway Super Series – an annual competition that pits the best players from the WHL, OHL and QMJHL – will take place across Canada at the end of the month, and the Detroit Red Wings will see at least two of their prospects take part. Their 2013 first-round pick, Anthony Mantha, will represent the QMJHL in games on Nov. 18th and 20th, while goaltender Jake Paterson (2012, third round) will represent the OHL in a game on Nov. 25th. The WHL has yet to release its roster(s) for the event.
Mantha led the QMJHL in scoring last season and is off to a great start again this season. Through 15 games, he has 19 goals and 39 points for the Val d’Or Foreurs and he has been named player of the month for both September and October. The Red Wings traded back two spots and were still able to nab him in this summer’s draft, and they have to be pleased with what they’re seeing so far. He signed a three-year entry level contract last month, and could turn pro at the end of the season.
Paterson signed a three-year entry level contract in September and has seven wins in 12 starts for the Saginaw Spirit this season. He represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship and could end up being the top netminder for that tournament this coming winter. He has shown steady improvement in each season in the OHL, winning 18 games in his first season as a starter and 25 games last season.
The Super Series is always a great chance to see some of the top prospects from Russia and the Canadian junior leagues in action, and this year two Detroit prospects have the chance to really stand out. Both players have seen their stock rise since they were drafted, and this recognition is just the latest hint at a bright future for the Red Wings organization.