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ANTHONY MANTHA
Anthony Mantha
Position: Right 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 less than 10 NHL games in 2014-15) 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
  • 2013-14 CHL Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (Team QMJHL)
  • 2013-14 QMJHL First Team All-Star
  • 2013-14 QMJHL Michel Briere Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
  • 2013-14 QMJHL Jean Beliveau Trophy (Scoring Champion)
  • 2013-14 CHL Player of the Year
  • 2013-14 IIHF World Junior Championship Media All-Star Team
  • 2013-14 IIHF World Junior Championship Team Canada Top-Three Player
  • 2013-14 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 10th-best prospect)

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.
2013-14
  • Appeared in one NHL pre-season game, going without a point in 12:32 of ice time.
  • Signed a three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings on Oct. 16.
  • Sent to Val-d’Or for his third full QMJHL season and led league in scoring wire-to-wire.
  • Averaged more than goal per game (57-57-63-120, plus-34, 286 shots).
  • Led QMJHL in goals, points, T4th in assists, T4th in PPG, T4th in SHG, T3rd in GWG.
  • Shot total of 286 ranked fourth in league (179 dangerous shots ranked second).
  • Starred for QMJHL in CHL Subway Super Series against Russia (2-2-1-3, plus-3, three shots).
  • Tied for third in scoring for Canada at IIHF world junior championship (7-5-6-11, plus-6, 29 shots).
  • Led Val-d’Or to QMJHL title, finishing second in league scoring (24-24-14-38, plus-17, 107 shots).
  • Notched eight goals and seven assists in seven-game upset of Halifax in QMJHL semifinals.
  • Recorded six goals and seven assists in seven-game final against Baie-Comeau.
  • Scored game-winner with 52 seconds left in Game 7 and added two assists.
  • Val-d’Or goaltender Antoine Bibeau edged out Mantha for QMJHL playoff MVP award.
  • Helped Val-d’Or get to Memorial Cup semifinals (4-1-3-4, minus-2).

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) … “We (told him), ‘You’ve scored 50 goals and in order to play in the NHL you need to be a 200-foot player, so that’s what you’ll have to go back and work on and do all the little things.'” — Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin (November 2013, NHL.com) … “The ability to score goals and to beat guys one-on-one — there are a lot of similarities (to Rick Nash).” — Red Wings director of scouting Tyler Wright (November 2013, NHL Network) … “He’s been really receptive. He’s really been a sponge to it and wants to learn that part of it and we’re going to continue to work with him on it.” — Team Canada world junior head coach Brent Sutter (December 2013, Yahoo.com) … “He’s a big, strong, 6-foot-4 guy who holds on to the puck under pressure in the offensive zone. I’m excited about him turning pro.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (March 2014, The Hockey News) … “It’s hard to find 6-foot-4 players who have hands and hockey sense … He knows how to put the puck in the net. For us he’s untouchable. We want to develop him into a Red Wing.” — Red Wings general manager Ken Holland (March 2014, TSN) … “If Anthony Mantha is ready and he beats somebody out, he’ll play in the NHL (in 2014-15).” — Holland (April 2014, @detroitredwings on Twitter) … “He’s a talented kid and he’s got good size and good instincts … We haven’t had many kids ever step into our lineup (at that age). I don’t know that he can. He probably ends up in Grand Rapids like most kids do. But good for him if he’s even in the equation … We’ll see what happens. Each kid is different. We’ve never had anybody with that size that scores like that. Does that make his track quicker, I don’t know the answer to that question.” — Babcock (May 2014, RDS) … “He’s going to get a chance to make our team (in 2014-15). He’ll play five or six or seven exhibition games, and if he belongs in the NHL, we’ll put him in.” — Holland (May 2014, Detroit Free Press) … “We’re going to give him every opportunity to make our team in training camp. He’s big, he can score, he’s got tremendous hands and hockey sense. The question is, can he score at next level? We’re going to give him an opportunity to play with our top six in training camp … If he can help us, we want him on our team. I don’t want him on the team as a 13th, 14th forward or on the fourth line playing eight minutes a night, penalty kill. If he can play in our top six with Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen and Nyquist, and contribute, he can play on our team. If not, we can put him in Grand Rapids, do the thing we’ve done through the years — let him learn to be a pro down there.” — Holland (Sportsnet, May 2014).

STRENGTHS
A pure goal-scorer, boasting a bullet shot, pin-point accuracy and a lightning-fast release … A dynamic, multi-dimensional offensive threat who is not preferential in how he scores his goals … Loves to shoot, firing it off the rush, from the slot, and from everywhere on the ice on the power play, and can beat goaltenders cleanly … Knows how to find the soft, quiet areas on the ice, similar to Brett Hull, evading defenders only to appear at exactly the right moment to bury the puck … Also willing to stand in front of the net for screens, tips and tap-ins … Uses his impressive speed and reach to blow by defenders off the wing, drive to the net and score … Enough speed to get breakaway opportunities and has the moves to capitalize … Can set up teammates as well as score, with underrated playmaking ability … Big-game player who seems to rise to the occasion when the stakes are highest … A menace on the power play … Works hard and has all but laid to rest draft-year criticism that he lacked intensity and passion, scouting reports that were heavy-handed and misguided … Demonstrated tremendous goal-scoring consistency at the junior level, rarely falling into a slump … Compared to James Neal by TSN scout and former NHL general manager Craig Button … Compared to Rick Nash by Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright … A natural athlete who is good at multiple sports … … Driven to play in the NHL and is not shy about taking constructive criticism and using it to better his game.

WEAKNESSES
His game is heavily weighted toward offense, and he will need very heavy defensive schooling at the professional level because he was never really asked to back-check at the junior level … Despite his impressive size, he isn’t much of a hitter and his physical impact is minimal … Needs to prove he can win puck battles at higher levels, as it came very easily to him as a junior.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings went for a home run with Mantha and might have hit it out of the park. He tore apart the QMJHL from start to finish in 2013-14 and dominated the IIHF world junior championship to establish himself as one of the most lethal goal-scorers outside of the NHL. Although he needs to shore up his defensive play, Mantha has put himself in the mix for an NHL roster spot in 2014-15. If he doesn’t make the cut — and it will be close — he’ll play in the AHL with Grand Rapids.

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 24 24 14 38 52 
  Val-d’Or Foreurs M-Cup 4 1 3 4 4 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 2 1 3 4 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 5 6 11 0 |          
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - - - |          

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