Mantha responds (quite professionally too) :
Mantha didn't dodge that after the Griffins eliminated the Marlies.
"Personally, I think I underachieved a little bit," he said. "Obviously, I would have liked, say 50, 60, 70 points. That was my goal at the start of the season. Obviously, I didn't achieve that, but it's not over.
"I could have a great impact in the playoffs. Who knows? Only one goal could make a difference between winning a series or not. A block shot, one-on-one battles. It's not over and I want to show them I can still play great hockey."
"I need to work on my strength, for sure," he said. "I need to work on a lot of aspects of my play, like getting quicker on my skates ... I got better as the year went along but I need to keep growing for the summer."
"Obviously, I would have liked to score my first shift, first game but that's always the way it goes," he said of his start to the playoffs. "I just need to keep pushing and play even harder."
edit: also from that article, holland's thoughts on Mantha's season....
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, when asked about Mantha, said his future will be determined by how he reacts to this season.
"I think he's going through adversity," Holland said. "And I think when you (face) adversity in life and learn to deal with it, you become a better person and a better player. I'm sure he expected to score a lot of goals down here.
"Lots of players down here (in the AHL) are going to be in the NHL in the next couple years. What he knows he has to do is go home and hit the gym hard in the summertime. You got to come to training camp in September determined that you're not getting a conversation that you're going back to Grand Rapids. And if you do, you build upon what you've done."