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Farewell, first-rounders: Toronto’s Biggs, Detroit’s Mantha released from camp

Sep 18, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings have parted ways with a pair of highly-touted prospects.

On Wednesday, the Leafs sent 2011 first-rounder Tyler Biggs to the AHL Marlies, while the Wings sent ’13 first-rounder Anthony Mantha back to QMJHL Val-d’Or.

Biggs, 20, is a former Miami of Ohio product that spent most of last year with OHL Oshawa, appearing in four late-season games for the Marlies and recording his first professional goal in the process.

He’s expected to play a key role for the Marlies this season.

Mantha, 19, was taken 20th overall at June’s draft, making him Detroit’s first top-20 pick since Jakub Kindl was selected 19th overall in 2005.

At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Mantha dominated the Quebec league last year, scoring 50 goals, and figures to be one of the top players on the circuit this season.

Elsewhere…

– Calgary sent two of its three ’13 first-rounders, Emile Poirier and Morgan Klimchuk, back to junior. Poirier will rejoin QMJHL Gatineau and Klimchuk is headed to WHL Regina.

– The Flyers sent ’13 first-rounder Samuel Morin back to Rimouski of the Quebec League.

– The Canadiens sent ’09 first-rounder Louis Leblanc to AHL Hamilton.

  1. sunderlanding - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hopefully Biggs can improve his game in the minors. Keep hoping he’ll end up a Clarkson type character.

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