“I saw him a couple of times where he was dominant,” said Red Wings scout Jeff Finley. “He takes the puck wide and can beat defensemen, take it to the net … he has a knack for finding open ice and he has a good shot and release. I wouldn’t label him as just a scorer, either. He’s creative and he can see the ice and make plays. He’s a gifted all-around offensive player.”
“I like the size, the skating — he’s got lots of speed and mobility for a big guy — he can shoot on the fly and his hockey sense is good,” said Red Wings scout Mario Marois. “He can play any style he wants offensively. He is very good down low, too. He has a good shot, he protects the puck well.”
I'm pretty happy with this pick, I really wanted them to swing for the fences and Mantha fits the bill nicely. 2-way game and compete level can be taught and gained with maturation his frame and his shot cannot be taught.
A good thing with the pick is that he only has one more year of junior eligibility left. He's one of the oldest guys(the oldest?) in the draft. He's big and he can skate so it's good the get him into pro hockey sooner rather than later and learn him the physical/defensive aspects he probably won't learn in the Q.