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THN praises Anthony Mantha’s transformation into an NHL player

The Hockey News has taken note of Anthony Mantha's strong play with the Red Wings, and Jared Clinton penned a profile of big #39:

It’s become clear how impactful Mantha can be with his size, too. There’s no shortage of examples of how he can use his strength, either. Looking through his highlight reel, you’ll see him win puck battles, force his way into space and power his way to rebounds. It wasn’t just about tacking on pounds of muscle, however.

“Because of how good he was, he could play the game standing still and still have lots of success, not necessarily having to move his feet all the time before he came into pro hockey,” Blashill explained. “That’s because he had a skill package that’s a lot better than the people he was playing against.”

At every other level, his style of play worked wonders. He led the QMJHL in goals in 2012-13 as a sophomore player, then topped that feat with a monster 57-goal, 120-point season that led him to QMJHL MVP and CHL Player of the Year honors. In the AHL, he continued to be dominant, even as a young gun. He opened with a 15-goal, 33-point rookie season and scored 20 goals and 45 points in his second season. But for Mantha to become a consistent NHL scorer, he needed all aspects of his game working at once. That’s where Mantha’s dedication to using his skating ability in unison with his offensive gifts has really helped.

“When he skates, he’s an elite player,” Blashill said. “He’s a big body with really good hands and really good offensive sense. When he skates with the puck, he’s hard to handle, hard to handle on rushes, he’s hard to handle in the offensive zone. He’s got an excellent shot. So he really creates a lot of space for himself.”

Clinton continues...

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Red Winger's avatar

“When he skates, he’s an elite player,” Blashill said

Hey, Anthony, he’s saying you’re a loafer much of the time, FYI

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/09/17 at 05:14 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I think it’s called “damning with faint praise,” RW.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/09/17 at 07:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“When he skates, he’s an elite player,” Blashill said

Hey, Anthony, he’s saying you’re a loafer much of the time, FYI

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/09/17 at 04:14 PM ET

Blashill literally said the same thing about Athanasiou in the article above this one.

Either DET has drafted tons of these super-talented “not engaged” guys, or Blashill doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Posted by Primis on 02/09/17 at 07:47 PM ET

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