While the Detroit Red Wings may not have made it far in the NHL playoffs, their prospects are doing quite well. Both Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi will be playing in the 2014 Memorial Cup in London, Ontario, which starts Friday, May 16 and goes through May 25.
This year’s Memorial Cup is the Guelph Storm (OHL), the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL), the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL), and the London Knights (CHL) who are hosting.
In an article at Sportsnet, they cited Mantha as one of the players to watch in the tournament, playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs. He notched 57 goals during the regular season and has 24 goals in 24 playoff games (the next highest goal scorer has half as many). Heck, we here at Octopus Thrower think he deserves a chance to crack the lineup for the 2014-2015 season. With numbers like that, he would certainly help the offensive struggles this team deals with.
Tyler Bertuzzi, playing for the Guelph Storm, has ten goals and seven assists in 18 games. He’s not as blatantly outstanding of a player like Mantha, but he’s had a lot of influence on his team. He missed most of the season with a nagging injury. He came back several games into the postseason for his team, and he’s doing what he’s supposed to do.
From the Guelph Mercury, here’s a good description on Bertuzzi’s style of play:
Lots of people can skate, shoot and fight. Not many have what Bertuzzi has.
Teams are crying out for “pests,” “agitators,” “grit.”
The good teams all seem to have one, a player whose value is not measured in goals and assists. Chicago has Andrew Shaw. Boston has Brad Marchand. Montreal has Brendan Gallagher: all players who make their teams better by having the same qualities that Bertuzzi does.
It will be interesting to see how these two teams fare in the tournament and whether Mantha can keep up the numbers he’s been putting up (hint: he probably will). Even going up against teams that boast a good core defense, Mantha will find a way to hit the back of the net.
Bertuzzi and Mantha will face off against each other in Monday’s game.