Mantha, a 6'4, 190-pound right winger, had an excellent season in the Quebec League, scoring 50 goals and 89 points in just 67 games, while putting up 12 points in nine playoff games. He's got great size and skates well, but some suggest that he "lacks passion."
ISS ranks him No. 24 among all skaters in this draft. Craig Button, analyst for TSN, has him rated No. 16 among all prospects. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau has him rated No. 10 among North American skaters. ISS projects him to be a player comparable to Wojtek Wolski.
The 6'4", 190 lbs forward not only has size to his advantage, but a lot of skill that shows he has potential at the next level. He is often compared to Sean Couturier who went eighth overall and went straight to the NHL, but Mantha likes to watch Jordan Staal. One fault he hopes to improve in his game is protecting the puck along the boards by using his size and build to his benefit.
Mantha zoomed up draft boards with a hot start that eventually led to his QMJHL leading 50 goal season. The 6' 4" forward from Longueuil, Quebec finished the 2012-2013 season with 89 points in 67 games; good for tenth in the Q. His size is obviously a huge plus as the 18-year-old has a 200 pound frame to go with the 6' 4" height. He is also a bit more mature age wise than most of his draft counterparts as he was born one day past the deadline to enter 2012's draft.
High scoring talent out of the Q is not always a guarantee - in fact, the guys at Behind the Net have shown that of the three Major Junior leagues, you see the largest drop when predicting how players will jump to the NHL, but Mantha does seem to have a lot of the pieces needed to become an excellent NHL power forward - if he can put everything together.
Note that Mantha then more than doubled his goal total in his draft year and continued that in the playoffs for a Val-d'Or team that made some noise in the QMJHL. An "old" 18 or not, that's one fine year.
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