|“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).