A few words about Mantha's defense....
I am not nominating him for the Selke, lol, but I feel his defensive rep is Blashill related as much as anything. The past two years combined he is a total of plus nine on a woeful team, second on the team narrowly behind Zetterberg during that time. Throw in the fact that he is the teams best power play forward and you get a plus player who is a solid power play guy, for whatever reason he isn't a favorite of the coach, that happens sometimes
Absolutley perfect "prove it" contract for Anthony. Basically, if a kid shows tremendous skill and is virtually a lock for 20 goal....AND the entry deal is over.....well, in my book, that means 3 mill+ in today's NHL. The risk was to great to give a long term deal....work ethic issues, consistancy (normal if a 2nd year player) etc made it very risky for Holland to dole out a 5 or 6 year deal. By the end of this deal, the Wings will know exactly what they have. Right now it's respectable offense
I wonder why he is alway getting critized in the press then? Maybe it is just Blaishill? I know one thing, Mantha has the skating and raw skill to pot 40 goals in this league, as long as he's on the top line and top pp....and I can't see him getting demoted. Like many young players, he just needs to put it all together.
I agree, the rep is more critical than he deserves. I WOULD like to see him master the net front more, even though Ras may end up being that guy too. Dirty goals and redirects are almost always a critical offensive weapon of real Cup competitors. Him mastering that would make him all that much more valuable.
Yep, Blash has it in for the kid, although he does have offensive dry spells, and it could attributable some to effort. But the numbers don’t lie—
If anyone is interested in a bit more of the story on the dynamic between Mantha and Blashill, I found this article enlightening:
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It is a good read, if you haven't read it before.
Anyways, happy with the contract. I do think Mantha needs to work on his consistency, but it is obvious he has the talent to do well in the NHL.