Red Wings star prospect Anthony Mantha embracing high expectations

(WXYZ) - The Red Wings leaned on young talent to get to the playoffs last season. Going forward, management hopes the youth movement carries the team back to the Stanley Cup level of play.

Anthony Mantha is one of the most important players in that mix. Detroit's 2013 first round draft pick scored 81 goals in 81 games last season, and was named MVP of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He'll make the jump to professional hockey this year. But the only way he makes the Red Wings is if he is viewed as a top-six forward, Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness .

Even if he doesn't make the immediate jump to the Red Wings roster this season, the 19-year old is aware of the pressure big-time players in Detroit's system face.

He's taking part in the Red Wings developmental camp in Traverse City this week.

"If I'm doing the right thing, I'll get my chance," Mantha said.

The young forward has a key to not letting the Datsyuk's or Zetterberg's intimidate him when training camp starts later this summer: be himself.

"I think it's just being calm, getting out here and doing what I should be doing. Not too much pressure."

Developmental camp goes through Tuesday in Traverse City.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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