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Red Wings Daily: Mantha Says He Still Doesn’t Know ‘How to Win’

Anthony Mantha’s first full season in Washington was stifled by shoulder surgery

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Ex-Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha scored 9 goals during an injury-shortened 2021-22 season.

In a far-reaching interview with Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now, former Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha covered a lot of ground.

His talking points were including the loss of much of last season to a shoulder injury, the inconsistency in his game and oddly enough, revealing that he still doesn’t know for sure what it takes to be a winner at the NHL level.

Mantha collected four assists in six playoff games as Washington lost in the first round to the Florida Panthers.

“I don’t know yet what it takes to win,” Mantha told Silber. “Obviously, everyone’s so intense, everyone’s super hyped to play playoffs.”

In 37 games, Mantha potted nine goals while adding 14 assists. His frank admission was that inconsistency is still plaguing his game. That’s something that was frequently in evidence during his Detroit days as well.

“Being out that long led to a lot of ups and downs,” Mantha said. “I was happy with my play here and there, then at other times, it was a little harder. Hopefully next year, I come in and I finish the season with 82 games at the end.”

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John Parham

Wow. I can see why Yzerman sent Mantha packing. It reminds me of what, Red Wings Super Scout, Hakan Andersson said about the type of players Yzerman likes. Yzerman told Andersson “no dogs”. Meaning none of these guys who are talented but have issues with work ethic or intensity. Mantha knows what it takes to win, he just doesn’t have it in him.

Gordon Cheswick

I think a lot of DRW fans watched as Mantha played here. We had great hopes for him. But, every game that past, fans left those hopes behind. He us right: he does not know how to win. Well, it is simply hard work for his 18-20 minutes a games – not 10 minutes. He has to relate and celebrate with his teammates. He has ‘Primeau’ disease, where he wants and thinks hHe can lead a team. Just be a good player day in- day out, and EVERY shift

Mark W

“No dogs” used to mean no guys who don’t use all the talent they possess to help the team win? We used to call that Dogging it. Just another guess. In any case hopefully Mantha figures out what he thinks he needs to do to get where he wants to be. He’s a heck of a good player already.
“No dogs” used to mean- no guys who don’t use all the talent they possess to help the team win. We used to call that Dogging it. Just a guess. In any case hopefully Mantha figures out what he thinks he needs to do to get where he wants to be. He’s a heck of a good player already.

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