2013 Draft Profile Series – Anthony Mantha

2013 Draft Profile Series – Anthony Mantha

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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:

1124 comments
mcloki
mcloki

One week before the draft.

Leafbites
Leafbites

Chicago, just end this prolonged, predatorily pummelled, dragged in chains across the tarmac, and left for dead of a shortened season. Urgent proceedings await. 

mike_84
mike_84

Can't wait for the shit storm of player movement after the cup has been handed out.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Boston could really use Kessel.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

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.

GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH



fuck you tyler seguin and the fucking bruins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike_84
mike_84

oh shut up Glenn Shealy

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

I have 2 words for Denis Leary. Bruins lose.

mcloki
mcloki

Well, we'll. good on Chicago.

mike_84
mike_84

Thats the game folks

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

re Toews: Thanks for the advice Dr. Healy and Dr. Simpson.

mcloki
mcloki

I want overtime. I know it's selfish.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@mcloki 

I'll be at my cottage in Quebec next weekend with no real sports TV access.  So I'll be checking in here every few hours via my aunt's computer for updates on who we drafted and what trades are going down.  The best news and analysis is here at MLHS anyways.

mcloki
mcloki

I shouldn't have just dropped acid.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Xxxxxnew But Seguin... Second coming of Gretz... 11 time consecutive Hart, Art Ross, Norris and Vezina winner.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@mcloki lol I don't. Let Chicago catch their breath so they can win the cup in Boston.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@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.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@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?

mcloki
mcloki

Floating around like the prima Donna he is.

Savo43
Savo43

@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. 

Savo43
Savo43

@mcloki Ima be shroomin again the next sunny day, never done LSD though, not sure im ready for the visuals LOLLL. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@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.

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@Savo43 @Bobsyouruncle @theacs1966 @rustynail My team isn't in the Stanley Cup Final but that doesn't stop me dissing the Bruins. Don't follow junior enough to have a favourite team but not a Knights fan at all. You guess wrong. Whoever we draft will be in the Leafs organization and hopefully they work out. 

mcloki
mcloki

My theory is the cherry is colour blind and just goes for patterns.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@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).

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@DJBrianBurke @mclokiAnthony Petrielli @APetrielli

Last year when the Leafs stunk so many reporters/radio guys couldnt
wait to say Seguin's the 1C TML needs. Where's he now with Bergeron
out?
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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
C?