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Red Wings select RW Anthony Mantha 20th Overall

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logo_small_detroit.gif20th overall selection in 2013 NHL Draft

Anthony Mantha

HOMETOWN:

LONGUEUIL QUEBEC


TEAM:

QMJHL


CURRENTLY PLAYING IN:

CHL

BIRTHDAY:

1994-09-16

POSITION:

LW

ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT:

2013

SHOOTS:

LEFT

DRAFTED:

HEIGHT:

6-4

ACQUIRED:

ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2013 NHL DRAFT

WEIGHT:

187 LBS.

What kind of player is he?

The million dollar question for Mantha is figuring out just what kind of player he’s going to be. This season he scored a career-high 50 goals and 89 points for Val-d’Or. His 50-spot led the QMJHL in goals but there are some who believe he can’t bring that kind of production to the next level.

His offensive game goes unquestioned (hey, 50 goals will do that) but questions have been raised about his eagerness. The offensive numbers and talk about how good his shot is are hard to ignore. Are the questions about the “fire in his game” enough to keep him down in the first-round? Stranger things have happened (remember Zach Parise‘s slide to 17th overall in 2003?) but one stinging critique of his game has seen him compared to Benoit Pouliot.

Quotable:

“Love him when he has the puck on his stick. I’m not his biggest fan when he doesn’t. Looks like a boom or bust guy to me.” — Mark Edwards – HockeyProspect.com

“Big stud that can skate, hard to handle, can dominate. Long stride, soft hands, not physical, great feel, didn’t do enough in Halifax, needs to be WAY more physical.” — Mark Seidel – North American Central Scouting

“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.” — Chris Bordeleau – NHL Central Scouting

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He's young so there's plenty of time to change but some of the descriptions of him I've read sound a little Franzen-esque.

Great hands, size, ability, questionable compete level.

Hopefully the kid gets some fire in him.

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Montreal Canadiens
NHL player: Sidney Crosby
Goal celebration: “Knee down, hand glide on the ice”
Video game: Call of Duty, NHL
Movie: Fast and Furious
TV show: Vampire Diaries
Website: Facebook, Twitter

We are going to have to fix this....

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He's young so there's plenty of time to change but some of the descriptions of him I've read sound a little Franzen-esque.

Great hands, size, ability, questionable compete level.

Hopefully the kid gets some fire in him.

Franzen-esque!! Ha. I shiver when i hear that.

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Favorite show is the Vampire Diaries?

Trade him. Now.

All joking aside, fantastic pick. Especially since we coaxed the extra 2nd pick from SJ and still got him.

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Montreal Canadiens

NHL player: Sidney Crosby

Goal celebration: “Knee down, hand glide on the ice”

Video game: Call of Duty, NHL

Movie: Fast and Furious

TV show: Vampire Diaries

Website: Facebook, Twitter

We are going to have to fix this....

I was just about to post the same...his entertainment choices could use some beefing up too. Fast and Furious and Vampire Diaries?!? I mean, has he never heard of Breaking Bad?!? Who cares let alone watches many movies anymore anyways? TV has just gotten too good.

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Such a great pick, especially considering we got another draft pick out of it. If this kid can put on 15-20 lbs of muscle WATCH OUT. Either way tho what a steal at 20!

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I was just about to post the same...his entertainment choices could use some beefing up too. Fast and Furious and Vampire Diaries?!? I mean, has he never heard of Breaking Bad?!? Who cares let alone watches many movies anymore anyways? TV has just gotten too good.

Yep, sounds like a bust!

In all seriousness, this kid is huge and can score goals. I hope it doesn't take forever to see him in a Wings jersey.

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His grandfather is Andre Pronovost who played three seasons in Detroit. Nice to have Red Wings connection there.

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Montreal Canadiens

NHL player: Sidney Crosby

Goal celebration: Knee down, hand glide on the ice

Video game: Call of Duty, NHL

Movie: Fast and Furious

TV show: Vampire Diaries

Website: Facebook, Twitter

We are going to have to fix this....

That will change during his first practice with the Magic Man.

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Yep, sounds like a bust!

In all seriousness, this kid is huge and can score goals. I hope it doesn't take forever to see him in a Wings jersey.

Over-ripener.

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He said he's determined to make the team next year. Won't happen but it's good to see he's determined.

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Ansar KHAAAAAAN!!! tweeted that Mantha's goal is to "Make the Wings roster next season..."

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He's young so there's plenty of time to change but some of the descriptions of him I've read sound a little Franzen-esque.

Great hands, size, ability, questionable compete level.

Hopefully the kid gets some fire in him.

This is not a good thing.

Otherwise he doesn't sound too shabby.

Edited by St. Michael (the Red Wing)

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Ansar KHAAAAAAN!!! tweeted that Mantha's goal is to "Make the Wings roster next season..."

Aww, that's cute.

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Aww, that's cute.

He needs to add 20 lbs of muscle, 2 periods per game of stamina, and learn to play balls out.

Will take at least 3 years.

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He needs to add 20 lbs of muscle, 2 periods per game of stamina, and learn to play balls out.

Will take at least 3 years.

Oh, to be young...and stupid naive.

Edited by gcom007
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I think with the new youth movement some of the young guys have a better chance to crack the roster

Edited by Euro_Twins

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