Ya. People need to watch or at least listen to the Griffins games. mantha has been playing a complete game. In the corners, in the front of the net, back on D, checking etc.... No he will never be McCarty when it comes to physical play. He is however already playing more physical than Sheahan does and has better O.
I'm at almost every game and work some of them also. I know each has his own viewpoint and that is fine. My take is he is going and trying but usually he sits back 5' off the boards and lets his linemate work the board.