The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft focuses on forward Anthony Mantha, who led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goal scoring in 2012-13.
Position: Right wing
Weight: 190 pounds
2012-13 Team: Val d’Or (QMJHL)
Born: September 16, 1994
Birthplace: Longueuil, Quebec
|NHL Central Scouting||10th North American skaters|
|International Scouting Services||24th all skaters|
|Red Line Report||33rd overall|
|The Hockey News||24th overall|
|McKeen’s Hockey||24th overall|
|Hockey Prospectus||22nd overall|
Led Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goal scoring, tallying 50 in 67 games for Val d’Or. Led team in playoff scoring, registering 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 9 games. Named to QMJHL Second All-Star Team.
Won gold medal at 2012 U18 World Championship and tallied one goal in seven games for Canada during the tournament. … Registered 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games during rookie season in QMJHL.
“He’s a big kid with a lot of skill. He has everything you need to succeed — he can skate, he’s smart, he reads the play, he has everything. But if there’s one negative, he sometimes has a tendency to take the easy way out. … He might need to work on his defensive game, but he can be taught that. You can’t teach talent like he has, or hands like he has.” – Chris Bordeleau, NHL Central Scouting
“Mantha shows great consistency in offensive production with 50 goals and 39 assists in 67 games played. … has all the tools to develop into a very good player at the next level. He has legitimate size, a very good shot and hands for a bigger man and better than average feet. However the skill set and offensive potential is evident, but his lack of compete level away from puck and physical game is also.” – International Scouting Services 2013 Draft Guide
“He might be the draft’s purest scorer, but many guys with inferior stats get more love. ‘He’s not the most eager kid,” one scout said. ‘Some nights you wonder where the intensity is.’ Guys as big as Mantha often don’t look as though they’re working hard, even when they are. As far as one scout is concerned, Mantha has put in the work. He said Mantha could hardly play in the league two years ago, but has seen more growth in his game than any other player in the draft. ‘He’s just a very gifted offensive player, a guy who is one-shot dangerous,’ another scout said. ‘It’s amazing to me that I see a guy so gifted and hear so much negativity about him. I’d take him in a heartbeat.’” – The Hockey News Draft Guide 2013
|2012-13||Val d’Or (QMJHL)||67||50||39||89||+21||71|
|2011-12||Val d’Or (QMJHL)||63||22||29||51||-11||39|
Video (Anthony Mantha profile from November 2012)