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Wings Need A Motivated Anthony Mantha

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

General manager Ken Holland felt Mantha learned from the tough love shown from the coaching staff, and took a major step forward in his career.

“The video work the coaching staff does with him, all the players on a regular basis, challenging him, and sometimes you pull the ice time back, sometimes you play them more when they’re really going good,” Mantha said. “Watching the veterans in the room, (it’s) all added up to where he is today.

“He had a good year, (but) we need him to take a step, he’s got that potential, that ability to take that next step. Once you play 100 games (in the NHL) you get a good idea what this league is all about. He’s a got a good idea what he needs to do in the summer to take his game to another level.”

Mantha scored 81 goals in 81 games (including playoffs) in his final junior season, a far different level of hockey.

“He scored lots of goals off the rush, he’d come down and shoot the puck into the net,” Holland said. “That’s not this league. There are guys who score 40, 40-plus, but it’s a hard league. He went to the American League and he’s learned to cycle more, learned to be heavier on the puck, learned to compete harder.

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MurrayChadwick's avatar

Is old Teddy reading A2Y for column topics?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/03/18 at 03:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Or taking bits and pieces from a story he wrote around exit interview day, MC.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/03/18 at 03:45 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Sure, “motivated,” is a good adjective for what we need from Mantha. “Focused’’ is another good adjective. “Fully engaged,” would be a enough, too.


We know he has the talent… that’s not the. problem

Posted by alwaysaurie on 08/03/18 at 04:57 PM ET

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  “The video work the coaching staff does with him, all the players on a regular basis, challenging him, and sometimes you pull the ice time back, sometimes you play them more when they’re really going good,” Mantha said. “Watching the veterans in the room, (it’s) all added up to where he is today.

Speaking in 3rd person, does he think he’s the Rock?

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 08/03/18 at 05:50 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Mantha will do well IMHO. His production has increased each year. 24 goals, 24 assists last season in 80 games. Not too shabby for his first full season. I know how high expectations are for him, and, just like any other player, he needs to be surrounded by other decent players.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 08/04/18 at 01:58 PM ET

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