Welcome to a new prospect profile series I’m doing to take a closer look at some of up-and-coming prospects in the Detroit Red Wings’ organization. This edition will spotlight Anthony Mantha.
Forward – Canada – Age 19
6-foot-4, ~190 pounds – Shoots Left-handed
Drafted 20th Overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Career Stats (Regular Season Only)
+ Size, Skating Ability, Speed, and Natural Instincts
– Competitiveness, Defensive IQ, and Consistency
Anthony Mantha is goal scoring machine or a one-trick pony depending on which angle you look at it. On the one hand he is great at finding the open areas on the ice and stashing the puck into the back of the net when given the opportunity. On the other hand he gets criticized for taking shifts off and being reluctant to help in his own zone.
However, these weaknesses are slowly starting to fade away into distant memory as he posted another remarkable 50 goal season with his QMJHL team, Val-d’Or Foreurs. The question now is, can his goal scoring instincts translate to the NHL (or even AHL) level? Only time will tell.
- Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings)
- James Neal (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Johan Franzen (Detroit Red Wings)
It’s hard to pinpoint Mantha’s skillset to an exact NHL player mold. His size and skill with the puck sets him apart from the pack. Carter, Neal, and Franzen best embody the type of player I see Mantha resembling at the NHL level: offensive minded, strong with the puck, but reluctant to use his size against the boards.
RedWingsCentral.com: #1 rated Red Wings’ prospect
Hockey’sFuture.com: Potential first-line forward
I’m going to assess Mantha as a 2nd or 3rd liner in Detroit within the next 3-5 seasons. That said, I’ll agree with Hockey’s Future evaluation and say that if he does continue to prove that his knack for scoring goals isn’t a fluke, then Mantha can move all the way up to the top line within that 5-year span. After that the sky really is the limit with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg nearing their retirement.
Just thinking about a top line of Nyquist – Tatar – Mantha once the Euro Twins decide to hang up their skates gets me excited. It has everything the Wings need for another great top line: speed, creativity, and most importantly Mantha’s size.
Mantha, like all prospects, will be given the chance to compete for a NHL roster spot during the Red Wings’ preseason training camp in Traverse City. Given that almost all Wings’ prospects don’t make the cut first time around, it’s very likely he will be sent down to the AHL to continue his development. But, who knows. If he continues to light the lamp at a record pace with the Grand Rapids Griffins then it’s possible that Hockeytown could see Mantha in a winged wheel sweater this upcoming season.
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