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Third round a charm for Janmark

Published Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:57 p.m. under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Mattias Janmark

Mattias Janmark (Credit:

If early returns are any indication, the Detroit Red Wings’ third-round selection of Mattias Janmark is looking like a good one.

As an older draft pick — taken 79th overall in July after being completely passed over in 2012 — Jankmark leads the Swedish Hockey League in scoring with eight goals, while his 11 points tie him for sixth.

Janmark, who is his second full season with AIK and will turn 21 in December, was a high scorer at the 20 SuperElit level in 2011-12 before posting breakout numbers last season with 31 points in 55 games last season.

Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson raved about Janmark’s skill and intensity after the draft.

“I like what he can do with the puck, but that goes along with the fact that he plays with intensity all the time,” Andersson said. “Those two things, that he’s good with the puck and plays with good intensity — that’s what I like.”

The 6-foot-1 189-pounder can play both center and wing but ranks just sixth on AIK in faceoffs taken. He also as 32 shots and is a plus-2.

Janmark has already received two auditions with the Swedish national team and it would be a big step forward if he can continue at his torrid scoring clip and earn a spot on Sweden’s IIHF world championship roster at season’s end.

NOTES: Forwards Landon Ferraro and Wille Coetzee and defenseman Nick Jensen started the year on injured reserve in Detroit … Right-winger Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or, QMJMJHL) was named his league’s first star of the month for September. He has 11 goals and seven assists in his first seven games … Defenseman Mitchell Wheaton (Kelowna, WHL) is close to returning from an injury this week. He has yet to play this season … Winger Tyler Bertuzzi received an automatic suspension for the third fight during the same stoppage in play … Right-winger Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound, OHL) was told by the Red Wings to work on his skating. “They want me to be more explosive in my first three strides,” Nastasiuk told the Owen Sound Times. “It’s not going to happen overnight (but) it’s a process and I’m committed to it.” Added Owen Sound head coach Greg Ireland: “He’s got to be a little quicker, a little faster and a little stronger on his feet.” … Forward Trevor Parkes and defenseman Max Nicastro were the odd men out in Grand Rapids and have been jettisoned to ECHL Toledo … Grand Rapids went 1-1 this week, with Mitchell Callahan, Tomas Jurco and Alexey Marchenko each recording three points.

Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.


Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 2 1 3 2 +2 4
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 1 2 3 0 +1 17
Marchenko, Alexey Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 1 2 3 0 +2 3
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 2 0 2 2 +2 6
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 2 0 2 0 +2 6
Glendening, Luke Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 2 2 4 +3 3
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 1 1 0 +3 3
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 1 1 2 +2 5
Frk, Martin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tvrdon, Marek Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 0 0 0 -1 2
Ouellet, Xavier Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 0 0 0 +1 2
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 7 11 7 18 8 +3 46
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 7 3 2 5 6 -1 18
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 6 3 4 7 6 -1
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 7 3 3 6 4 -5
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 4 2 2 4 17 +2
McNulty, Marc Prince George WHL CHL 8 1 4 5 17 +2
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR 10 8 3 11 20 -1 32
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 10 1 2 3 2 +1 13
Melen, Hampus Tingsryds SWE-J20 EUR-JR 7 0 5 5 14 -6 17
Bodin, Rasmus Linkoping SWE-J20 EUR-JR 6 0 0 0 2 -4 1
De Haas, James Clarkson NCAA ECAC 2 0 0 0 0 +1 2
Pope, David W. Kelowna JR-A USHL/JR-A 9 5 3 0


Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 6 3 3 0 0 3.50 .917
Coreau, Jared Grand Rapids AHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.82 .846
  1. Shawn - Sheckman says:

    Wow. Mantha is putting up some extraordinary numbers for QMJHL… if you look back over the years, very few players have been able to score at this pace in that league (fewer still more recently).

    They told this kid to play every night, to be consistent. It’s early, but it looks like he got the message.

    Someone recently asked if there were any potential superstars in the system… well, if anyone has superstar potential, it is Mantha. The potential for this kid is almost limitless. Very exciting…

  2. Patrick says:

    thats if he doesnt get bored and stop progressing. I think he keeps going… the next Malkin

  3. craola says:

    Don’t stop at Malkin. This kid’s the next Gretzky.

    All sarcasm aside though, he’s averaging more than three points a game. Can they pull him now and put him on the Griffins? I’m curious to see what he does at the next level.

  4. ScottD says:

    Carolann due to Mantha’s age he can’t play in the AHL. He is too young.

  5. ScottD says:

    Sorry craola dang auto correct put in Carolann. Why, I don’t know.

  6. ScottD says:

    Talk about bad luck Mantha’s birthday is September 16th. The cut off date for players to be legible to play in the NHL/AHL is September 15th according to the rules set by the NHL. Bummer for Mantha.

  7. Patrick says:

    Mantha is 19, not 18…

    Players that played 18/19 over last 2 years include Nathan McKinnon (18 as of Sept 1), Seth Jones (19 as of October 1st) Sean Monahan (19), RNH (made his debut at 18, Alex Galchenyuk (18 last year)

  8. Patrick says:

    You are right, however, that he can’t play AHL… AHL for North American skaters must be at least 20 years of age. we can only hope he is Gretzky good…his first full season in the minors he averaged just under 3 points per game

  9. ScottD says:

    Oh. Thanks for clarifying. I just assumed the AHL/NHL rules were the same. Quick Launch

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