Training camp is just starting but the injuries are already piling up for the Red Wings.
Just days after learning that back problems would prevent veteran Daniel Alfredsson from attending camp, the team announced that top prospect Anthony Mantha will miss six-to-eight weeks after fracturing his right tibia.
It was reported on Tuesday that Mantha had caught his skate in a rut during a game played against the Wild's rookie team at the Traverse City prospects tournament. The initial diagnosis was a sore knee. Mantha himself said "It was nothing."
Until he got hurt, Mantha had been having a terrific tournament, scoring four goals in three games to set himself up for a serious run at a roster spot.
The 2013 first-round pick was the top scorer in the Quebec league last season, with 57 goals and 120 points.
The absence of Mantha and Alfredsson could clear the way for maligned veteran Daniel Cleary to play a significant role for Detroit.