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"Best Is Yet To Come" For Anthony Mantha

10/10/2019 at 7:03am EDT

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered a fan question about Anthony Mantha.

After his hot start, do you see Anthony Mantha as a 35-plus goal scorer?

I didn't need to see Mantha's hot start to know the Detroit Red Wings forward could be a 35-plus goal scorer. He scored 25 goals in 67 games last season. Extrapolate that over an 82-game season, and Mantha would have scored 30-31 goals. Now factor in the expected growth potential as a 25-year-old who is fully adjusted to the NHL, fully aware of what works for him, and I think it's fair to expect a bump in production provided he stays healthy. Mantha is 6-foot-5, 234 pounds and has a lot of skill. He's a version of the new power forward in the NHL. He doesn't care if you play physical against him, he may prefer it. He can play physical against you and use his skill to beat you in a myriad of ways. Mantha can become a restricted free agent after this season. The Red Wings better lock him up long term. His best is yet to come.

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