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Season Preview For Anthony Mantha

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: The Red Wings are excited about the way Mantha finished the season and his continued strong play at the World Championship. He surely would have reached 30 goals and possibly 60 points if he hadn’t essentially missed a quarter of the season between his injury and the time needed to get back into the flow.

Mantha has found a comfort level and new level of consistency playing on a line with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, a unit that surely will stay intact to start the season.

The club is encouraging Mantha to use his ‘elite’ wrist shot more often and he was rewarded for developing a quicker release. Used in a net-front capacity in the past (even strength and power play), Mantha is more effective away from the net, where he can utilize his shot more, especially near the half-wall on the power play.

Mantha is due for a significant bump in his next contract, possibly for four or five years and in excess of $5 million per season.

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