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02-11-2013, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
Is Gauthier that much better than Mantha? If we go by stats, it's not really close.

Is there a footspeed or hockey sense issue with Mantha? I don't really see either very often.
Gauthier is more complete. Mantha is an extremely gifted goal scorer. He's a better skater than Gauthier, but not by much. While Mantha is not a slouch defensively, he is years away from Gauthier. Mantha could score 40 goals in the NHL one day, while Gauthier will be less flashy offensively, but will play PK, shutdown the enemy top lines and win faceoffs. I think Gauthier has the potential to eventually produce offensively.

Think of a slightly less offensive/NHL ready Sean Couturier.

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