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Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha named CHL’s Player of the Year

Red Wings prospect and Val-d'Or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha's team was eliminated in the Memorial Cup semifinal last night, but Mantha won't go back to Val-d'Or, where the Foreurs will hold their QMJHL championship parade on Monday, empty-handed. At the CHL's Awards banquet in London, Ontario, Mantha was named the CHL's Player of the Year, the equivalent of the MVP across the WHL, OHL and QMJHL's respective Major Junior leagues:

Mantha registered 1 goal and 3 assists in 4 Memorial Cup games, but he also registered 57 goals, 63 assists and 120 points in 57 regular season games with Val-d'Or, and another 24 goals, 14 assists and 38 points in 24 playoff games as the Foreurs captured the QMJHL's President's Cup championship.

Update: Quoth Sportsnet:

Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs is the Canadian Hockey League’s player of the year.

The 19-year-old right-winger scored 81 goals in 81 regular-season and playoff games for the Foreurs.

The CHL combines the Western, Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey leagues.

Mantha, from Longueuil, Que., is a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings.

He had a goal and three assists in three games at the Memorial Cup.

The Foreurs lost in triple overtime to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the semifinal.

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Last night, little did I expect to watch 4 hours+ of Mantha but I did .

Really my first time watching him play a complete game and a few observations.

As George pointed out in a tweet last night, Mantha seems to stride more than skate at times and that is one thing he will need to work on.

His passing is better than what I assumed and he knows how to get open for a shot and gets it off quickly.

He will have to adjust to the speed of the game at the next level and will also need to keep his shifts much shorter than what he is accustomed to.

His compete level must also get raised, he will no longer be The Player and will have to bring it every shift.

He doesn’t use his big frame as much as I thought he would, but then again he may have been a little drained after playing 96 games this season, plus any tournament play he was involved in also increased the game factor.

Hopefully he gets some rest, works on getting stronger and dedicates himself to be an even better player.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/24/14 at 03:52 PM ET

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I think the long season, the heavy checking, the constant pressureā€¦all weighed on Mantha. But, as you so correctly point out, Paul, he needs to learn how to become more explosive. He is a good skater but too often you do see him glide around the ice. That may be, in part, due to the amount of time he spends on the ice during a game and 2 minutes shifts seem to be the norm. Or at least it looks that way.

That he is a special talent, there is no doubt, but he needs to learn the pro game and has some work to do yet. Other than that, I think the sky is the limit for this young man.

Posted by NewfieWing on 05/24/14 at 07:02 PM ET

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