With a little over a week left until the NHL Draft, teams are going into crunch time as scouts race to finalize their draft rankings. These are the days where as a scout, you decide once and for all just how much you’re to advocate for your player. Sometimes if a single scout’s voice is loud enough, it may make all the difference in how high a surprise player can climb. Our next player has the potential to do exactly that – either you love him or you hate him – Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha.
Anthony Mantha – Winger, Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL – Projected 18th – 25th overall
At 6’4 205 lbs, the QMJHL’s leading scorer is an impressive physical specimen with as much upside as anyone in this draft class. The young sniper exploded onto the scene with a league leading 50-goal campaign for Val-d’Or in his second QMJHL season. Despite his size, Mantha skates strikingly well. Similar to Boston’s Milan Lucic, he uses a quick first step and surprising top end speed to keep defenders off balance. However, Mantha lives along the outside wing, using his speed to create shooting opportunities on the rush – of which there were plenty. He led the entire league in shots, averaging nearly 5 per game, utilizing a quick, accurate wrister with the ability to score from anywhere at anytime. His scoring instincts are excellent, showing an innate ability to read the play, sneak away from a defender and be at the right place at the right time.
So blessed with some the most impressive natural athleticism of recent years, why isn’t Mantha projected to go higher? Well, sometimes you simply don’t know what you’re getting. The young winger shows the occasional flash of brilliance, displaying game-breaking potential and the desire to actually use it. At other times, he’s a floater, relying on perimeter play and exhibiting no willingness to engage physically or defensively. On the nights he doesn’t have “it”, you can tell from the opening puck drop and may not even notice him the rest of the game. Mantha was born a day after the cutoff for the 2012 NHL Draft, so naturally there is skepticism with regards to whether he can truly compared fairly to the rest of the current draft class.
At the end of the day, Mantha’s combination of size, skating and goal scoring are simply unrivaled in this class and some team willing to take on the risk will grab him somewhere in the latter third of the first round.
A huge compilation of all of Mantha’s goals:
Chicago, just end this prolonged, predatorily pummelled, dragged in chains across the tarmac, and left for dead of a shortened season. Urgent proceedings await.
Can't complain about that Lucic, I have a nice replay from game 7 against the Leafs on a certain hit from behind on Gunner. So STFU.
fuck you tyler seguin and the fucking bruins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@rustynail good shit
@Xxxxxnew But Seguin... Second coming of Gretz... 11 time consecutive Hart, Art Ross, Norris and Vezina winner.
How would they get by without Sequins and Dougie?
@mike_84 What is he saying?
After receiving a pass from MacA.
@mcloki screw that I want Hawks to win in reg and in game 6
@mcloki lol I don't. Let Chicago catch their breath so they can win the cup in Boston.
@rustynail If any part of an opponents body hits a player in the head it should be reviewed. Shoulder, hands, fists, knees (ridiculous I know, but Boston players do leave their feet lol) etc.
@rustynail Exactly what I was thinking. Now he's their number #1 and he's crap, no sheltered minutes now. Wasn't he a minus on the 2nd goal too?
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @mcloki I missed a draft once...when on a fishing trip to the Queen Charlottes. Was an amazing trip, but it was hard not keeping up with not only that but free agency a few days later. FML though, that was the year we signed Jason Blake. Can't believe i was excited about that LMAO.
@mcloki Ima be shroomin again the next sunny day, never done LSD though, not sure im ready for the visuals LOLLL.
@mcloki The Seguin talk has officially been put to rest in the first round for me. Meaningful 1on1 in games that matter. He can go douche-bag off into the sunset for all I care.
@mcloki You're right, it's not good, it's very good!
@DeclanK@DJBrianBurke@mclokiThis is THE prime example of keeping yer big mouth shut (the so called experts) and see how things go. Meanwhile MLHS basically comments how this is exactly what would have happened if Seguin was the Leafs' #1C. Not doing much. I would hate to see what they would have said if he played like that for Toronto?
You would think that if he was that great, Boston would try him a little more at Center, it's only his drafted position. RW tried that with Kadri and only when he moved back to center did he take off (yes plus an extra year of experience).
wait to say Seguin's the 1C TML needs. Where's he now with Bergeron
Anthony Petrielli @APetrielli
Oh playing on the wing in BOS bottom 6 while 2 of their 4 regular
centers are hurt, and watching a guy play his 1st ever playoff game at
@mcloki Drama queens in Boston. But you're right. I'm not sure what equipment is available there. Might need a an MRI or something, I don't think it's his head.