The problem with Mantha (and likely the reason he slipped to #20 in a draft he was considered the best goal scorer in) is and always has been his attitude/work ethic/compete level.
I obviously don't train or practice with the him every day, but I think its a pretty reasonable assessment to say his lack of results at the AHL level are directly related to habits rather than skillset. He's 6'5, 200+ LBS, and possesses a lethal shot which allowed him to score 81 goals in 81 games last year for Val d'Or, size isn't an issue and he didn't just forget how to score goals. I'm not saying anyone should have expected a seamless transition or comparable statistical output, but it looks and sounds to me like he became comfortable relying mostly on skill at the QMJHL level, and may have underestimated how much work goes into being a professional.
I think Devellano understands this - and uses public criticism as a way to motivate a player capable of so much more.
This may sound crazy, but he's probably one of the few 20 year olds who might actually be a better Red Wing than Griffin. This way he can see first hand what it takes to be a Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg or Nick Kronwall.
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