A co-worker of mine--a former Flyer draft pick, and current Red Line Report scout--had this to say about Mantha:
"...we really don’t like Mantha but more because of his compete level.
He is a big kid with good hands. He can find the net – 6’3/200lbs 50 goals this year.
He’ll help out once he learns what it takes from the vets. We had him ranked 33rd overall – early 2nd round."
He mostly scouts the OHL however, and had this to say about our OHL picks:
"Zack Nastasiuk is not very fast and doesn’t make real quick reads/decisions but he is a gamer!
We had him ranked 4rth rd at 106. Wings picked him 2nd rd at 48. Think this was a bit early as he probably
would have still been there next rd. Can help offensively 20g 20a in 62games. Bit soft only 32pim.
Tyler Burtuzzi left me shaking my head. 2nd round at 58th. He has a heart the size of Texas but he plays
a big mans game in an average sized body. Willing to drop the mitts but got pummelled by a heavyweight last year
Was concussed and missed 1/3 of the season. Too early to choose this type of talent. We had him ranked 172 – 6th rd.
Think having his uncle Todd there might have helped sway some public relation votes.
Overall as RLR thinks, Detroit had their poorest draft in 10 plus years. But…it remains to be seen how the “prospects” develop."