Ramblings: Kessel Signs in Vegas; Mantha’s Value; Cozens or Mittelstadt; Boldy and Perfetti – August 26
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Once upon a time, Anthony Mantha was one of the more heralded Wingers Of The Fantasy Future that we had in the NHL. From 2017-2020, his age-23 through age-25 seasons, he averaged 28 goals, 227 shots, and 89 hits every 82 games. This was for a very downtrodden Detroit franchise that was emerging from the Datsyuk/Zetterberg era and rebuilding (poorly).
Fast forward a couple years and after a down season split between Detroit and Washington, followed by an injury-plagued 2021-22 campaign, and it seems like all the hype is gone. There is still a lot to like here so let's dig into what we might be able to expect from Mantha this coming season. As usual, data will be taken from our own from Frozen Tools and Natural Stat Trick, with other sources credited as we go along.
To begin, we should dispel the notion that Mantha was any sort of product of playing with Dylan Larkin back in his Detroit days. Evolving Hockey has Mantha as a significant impact player at both ends of the ice for that three-year breakout stretch he had: