And With The 18th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Anthony Mantha


Anthony Mantha
Age: 18
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 200lbs
Junior Team: (QMJHL) Val-d’Or Foreurs
Stats: 67 GP / 50 G / 39 A / 89 P / 71 PIM

Over the next few weeks here at Octopus Thrower we will be profiling a number of draft eligible players who may be dawning a Detroit Red Wings jersey and cap at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30th.

Anthony Mantha is ranked 10th among North American players by Central Scouting and 24th by International Scouting Service.

Mantha led the QMJHL in goals this past season with 50, which was nine more than Johnathan Drouin and fifteen more than Red Wings prospect Martin Frk.

He has the potential to be the next great power forward that everyone is looking for, but he could also become the biggest bust in the draft.

Mantha had an extra year to develop because his birthday was one day too late to qualify for the NHL Draft last season and could have used that to his advantage this past season.

Is Mantha a one year wonder or will he become the prototypical power forward? Only time will tell.

Anthony Mantha’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Production - Mantha has 72 goals in 132 QMJHL games, that is more that .5 goals a game.
  1. Shot - Puts a lot of weight behind his slap shots and wristers fly off his stick.
  1. Skating - Smooth skater for his size.

Flaws:

  1. Consistency - He is a very streaky player.
  1. Defense - Has good defensive instincts, but does not always use them.
  1. Physicality - Despite his size advantage he can be bumped off of the puck fairly easily.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Johan Franzen - Can be streaky at times, but when he is on, he is on. Has a big shot.
  1. Brendan Shanahan - A goal scoring power forward who doesn’t hesitate to drop the gloves when called upon.
  1. Todd Bertuzzi - Young Bert was the prototypical power forward and with the right development Mantha could be as well.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

The Red Wings are lacking in pure scorers who will consistently look to take the shot rather than pass the puck, that is what Mantha does and he likes to do it.

Career Potential:

A first line scoring power forward who could be the next Shanahan or Bertuzzi, if he continues to develop. He could as be a gigantic bust.

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