Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Josh Morrissey, ranked fifth in the WHL in defensive scoring, cracked a deep and talented blue line corps for Team Canada’s WJC entry (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the top two prospects, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, move ever closer to graduation status, the Winnipeg Jets organization looks to a younger crop of players for the next wave of draftees to step up. At the junior level, the returns this season have been more than promising.
Photos: After putting up 120 points in his draft year, Nicolas Petan is on pace to surpass that mark in 2013-14 while averaging over two points per game for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Welcome to the December 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or are falling a little behind.
Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Ryan Olsen is scoring at nearly a point-per-game clip in 2013-14, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists in 21 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
In some quarters, there was surprise when the Kelowna Rockets acquired Ryan Olsen from the Saskatoon Blades prior to the 2012-13 season.
Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Scott Kosmachuk is currently on pace to top the 100-point mark in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The phrase “taking your game to another level” is one that is firmly entrenched within the hockey lexicon. It is often used within a game situation, but also applies to the year-to-year development of players, especially younger players still looking to make their mark in the pro game.