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ANTHONY MANTHA
Anthony Mantha
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’5” / 204 lbs.
Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1994
Hometown: Longueuil, Quebec
Acquired: Detroit’s first choice (20th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 10th North American Skater (2013)
Contract: 2017 (if returned to junior for 2013-14) via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Sniper

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2012-13 CHL Top Prospects Game
  • 2012-13 QMJHL Most Goals (50)
  • 2012-13 QMJHL Second-Team All-Star

HISTORY
2011-12
  • Entered the QMJHL in 2011-12, a year after being a late pick (fifth round, 76th overall).
  • Immediately produced, finishing fourth in Val-d’Or scoring (63-22-29-51).
  • Also had a minus-11 rating and fired 133 shots on goal.
  • Represented Canada at IIHF world U-18 championship and won bronze (7-1-0-1)
2012-13
  • Returned to Val-d’Or for second full QMJHL season.
  • Emerged as one of league’s most devastating snipers (67-50-39-89, plus-21, 323 shots).
  • Led QMJHL in goals (50) and shots (323) and was 10th in scoring (89).
  • Held scoreless in CHL Top Prospects Game for Team Cherry.
  • Productive in two playoff rounds (9-5-7-12).
  • Rated for draft as high as 10th (Central Scouting) and 15th (TSN) and as low as 24th (ISS and THN).
  • Detroit traded down with San Jose from 18th to 20th (also getting 58th pick) to select Mantha.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s a big kid with a lot of skill. He has everything you need to succeed — he can skate, he’s smart, he reads the play, he has everything. He might need to work on his defensive game, but he can be taught that. You can’t teach talent like he has, or hands like he has.” — Central Scouting scout Chris Bordeleau (June 2012, NHL.com) … “He’s just a very gifted offensive player, a guy who is one-shot dangerous. It’s amazing to me that I see a guy so gifted and hear so much negativity about him. I’d take him in a heartbeat.” — The Hockey News scout quotes (May 2013, The Hockey News) … “Does this guy even have a pulse? Plays with absolutely zero fire or passion.” — Red Line Report chief scout Kyle Woodlief (June 2013, USA Today) … “I saw him a couple of times where he was dominant. He takes the puck wide and can beat defensemen, take it to the net … he has a knack for finding open ice and he has a good shot and release. I wouldn’t label him as just a scorer, either. He’s creative and he can see the ice and make plays. He’s a gifted all-around offensive player.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2013) … “He takes the easy way out. He’ll probably score 60 goals this year, but not playing the right way. When it’s not going his way, it affects him and he takes bad penalties. And when he’s physical, it’s for his own reasons. It’s for his ego. Hitting players who frustrate him, but not using his size as a tool consistently. He can’t play that way and expect to be a Red Wing.” — Anonymous NHL Scout (The Hockey News, 2013) … “He’s got to go back to juniors and learn to be an every-day player. When you compete every day and when you compete on every puck, get strong enough, live it every day and one day you get to play here. In the meantime, you get to play juniors or the American League.” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (Macomb Daily, October 2013).

STRENGTHS
His bullet shot and lightning-fast release makes him a pure goal-scorer … Pinpoint accuracy … Goes to the front of the net for goals but is also extremely smart in terms of his positioning and his ability to get into the right place at the right time for a shot … Dangerous on the power play … Excellent skater … Soft hands and impressive reach make him very difficult to handle defensively … Uses his speed and reach to blow by defenders wide and will take the puck to the net to score … Can set up teammates as well as score … Compared by TSN scout and former NHL general manager Craig Button to NHL 40-goal scorer James Neal … Compared in 2013 by Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright to Rick Nash, in terms of his “ability to score goals and beat guys one-on-one” … Takes criticism well and is eager to learn and improve.

WEAKNESSES
Knocked (sometimes in very harsh manners) in pre-draft scouting reports for lacking consistency and intensity … Game is weighted toward offense and it will need to become more well-rounded as he moves up the ranks … Not physical despite his sizeable 6-foot-4 frame … Top line goal-scorer or bust.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings went for a home run with Mantha, who is blessed with tremendous size and hands and was one of the most prolific goal-scorers available in the entire 2013 draft. There’s no question Mantha can score goals in junior and he projects as a top-line NHLer, but he’ll spend the 2013-14 campaign in the QMJHL improving his all-around game and shaking off knocks on his intensity level and competitiveness. As a late birthdate, he’ll be eligible to play in the AHL in 2014-15.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Rive-Sud Collège Français Espoir QMEAA - - - - - |          
 2010-2011 Coll. Charles-Lemoy. Riverains QMAAA 37 20 24 44 42 | Playoffs 5 2 3 5
  Val-d’Or Foreurs QMJHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2011-2012 Val-d’Or Foreurs QMJHL 63 22 29 51 39 | Playoffs 4 2 2 4
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 1 0 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 Val-d’Or Foreurs QMJHL 67 50 39 89 71 | Playoffs 9 5 7 12 13 
 2013-2014 Val-d’Or Foreurs QMJHL 57 57 63 120 75 | Playoffs 12 11 7 18 23 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 5 6 11 0 |          

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