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Red Wings pick goal scorer Mantha


Anthony Mantha pulls on a Red Wings sweater after being chosen 20th overall. The 18-year-old scored 50 goals for Val d'Or Foreurs last season.


DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings took right wing Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick in the NHL draft Sunday.

Detroit made the pick after trading the No. 18 selection to the San Jose Sharks for the 20th and 58th picks.

The 6-foot-3 Mantha scored 50 goals with 39 assists in 67 games last season for Val d'Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Red Wings later took forward Zach Nastasiuk with pick No. 48 and forward Tyler Bertuzzi at No. 58.

Nastasiuk, an 18-year-old right wing who's 6-1 and 190 pounds, scored 20 goals and added 20 assists in 62 games for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.

Bertuzzi's uncle Todd has played several seasons for the Red Wings.

The younger Bertuzzi, who is 18, had 68 penalty minutes and 22 (13 goals, 9 assists) points in 43 games for the Guelph Storm of the OHL as a left winger.

Detroit took 20-year-old center Mattias Janmark-Nylen from Sweden, who played for AIK of the Sweden Elitserien League, with the No. 79 overall pick in the third round.

In the fourth round, the Wings picked 18-year-old left wing David Pope. He played last season in the British Columbia Hockey League for the West Kelowna Warriors.

Mitch Wheaton, a 6-4 defenseman for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey league, was picked in the fifth round, 139th overall.

Also out of the WHL, 6-6 defenseman Marc McNuly of the Prince George Cougars was taken 169th overall as a sixth-round pick.


Jackets take Swedish center Wennberg

COLUMBUS —The Columbus Blue Jackets restocked their shelves with 18-year-old forwards during the first round of the NHL draft.

Unable to swing a big trade for immediate, experienced help, the Blue Jackets selected Swedish center Alexander Wennberg, native Californian left wing Kerby Rychel, and Slovak center Marko Dano.

Each choice was met by wild applause from a crowd of more than 2,800 Blue Jackets fans watching the draft on the center-ice monitors at the club's Nationwide Arena.

Most draft experts expected the Blue Jackets to package one or more of their first-rounders to get immediate offensive help for a club that ranked 25th of the NHL's 30 teams a year ago.


Avalanche make MacKinnon No. 1 overall

NEWARK, N.J. — Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby now share more than a hometown.

They've both been No. 1 picks in the NHL draft.

The Colorado Avalanche made the 17-year-old MacKinnon the first pick of the draft.

MacKinnon and Crosby are both from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

MacKinnon is a solid two-way presence with strong hands and stick-handling and skating skills. He is considered a natural scorer and an excellent distributor.

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