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by Paul on 01/10/17 at 04:25 PM ET
from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Hockey News,
As we reach the halfway point of the season let's take a look at three players whose stock is rising, and three players who have seen their stock drop....
Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings
Q1 Value: 0.89 wins
Current Value: 2.22 wins
This is a tough one (and kind of cheating) because his sample size was so small before this that there would naturally be a lot of volatility. Mantha has 35 career games under his belt, and the previous value was based on his first 15 where he projected to be a solid middle six player notching five points in 15 games with a respectable possession rating. Since then he’s exploded and has been arguably the Red Wings best player, pacing the team in goals, points, shots, and Corsi. The point and goal totals are likely to come down as he gets more NHL time, but it does show his scoring ability exhibited in junior is starting to translate.
What’s really impressive here is his shot ratio. Over the second quarter, he was +60 which was easily the team’s best. Other than his linemates Tomas Tatar (+57) and Henrik Zetterberg (+53) as well as number one D-man Mike Green (+23), pretty much everyone else on the team was deep in the negatives. To be that far above water on a team that’s basically drowning is a very good sign. Mantha always showed a lot of promise given his high ranking in our annual Future Watch, and he’s finally living up the hype. If he’s not already Detroit’s best forward, he will probably cement himself as it soon.
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