Anthony Mantha

Darren Walker

Mantha, at top speed, is amongst the fastest players straight line in the QMJHL. He loves taking on defenders wide and then cutting in behind them to crash the net. He’s also very strong on his skates and can change up his speed, which throws defenders off. He does show good strength on the puck, and is tough to knock off. He shows impressive playmaking ability despite being a bit raw with the puck. He shows the ability to make tape-to-tape passes and is very effective dishing the puck off of the cycle. Mantha is a very big, strong forward that can often outmuscle opposing players. He shows the willingness to play an aggressive style of play and can be very effective along the boards. Always dangerous in the offensive zone, he’ll produce a dangerous shot out of nowhere. His shot is very heavy, and is already NHL-caliber. He has very good offensive IQ and is effective at finding scoring areas. He has one of the quicker wrist- shot releases in the league as well as a cannon from the point, which is what makes him an effective option at the point on the PP. He can also snap or slap it in stride, which is a skill that he uses a lot when coming down his off-wing. He creates most of his shots himself. His game shows a lot of potential to become a very good defensive player. He often wins battles along the boards, because of his reach and strength. When he hits he can blow people up and he has shown a willingness to drop the gloves to stand up for himself or his teammates. (May 2013)