Holland is business savvy. I don't doubt he is saying things even though the truth may be opposite...
I love all this Pulk and Mantha suck stuff! Pulk only lead the AHL in points all with playing 31 games in Detroit. Mantha started the season with a broken leg and even after that had 33 points in 62 games, that is getting a point every 2 games...not bad for someone who missed most of training camp and had to make up for lost time. I know Jimmy D said what he said and he knows more than all of us combined, but I reserve my assessment on him after a full healthy season. Even the likes of Abby had less than a point a game in his first AHL season and look how he turned out in the NHL. I know Mantha was touted to be "that sniper" but if he turns into a solid player like Abby and scoring 20+ goals a season, I think he will have a very successful NHL career...
What happens when/if Larkin only scores .6 points a game in his first full season in GR? Does he suck then?
Except Larkin has many dimensions as a player (speed, skill, grit, work ethic, character, etc.). Abdlekader? Same sort of thing only more physical, less speed and skill. The early signs point to Mantha having no hustle, grit, or work ethic. You better be filling the net in the AHL if that's the only dimension to your game. I can't see him killing penalties or blocking shots anytime soon.
Link? Going into his draft I remember his issue was work ethic and foot speed.
I also remember Mantha being the one teams asked for. But we'll never know for certain will we?
If only we knew someone who knew someone that sort of knew someone within the organization that could give us the real scoop. Oh well.
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