Mantha: ‘I need to work on a lot of aspects of my play’

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He didn’t say “very” three times to describe his disappointing AHL season, his first as a professional, but Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha did concede he has a lot of work to do in order to make his way up to the NHL.

“I need to work on my strength, for sure,” Mantha said, per MLive. “I need to work on a lot of aspects of my play, like getting quicker on my skates … I got better as the year went along but I need to keep growing for the summer.”

Yesterday, we passed along the feelings of Wings executive¬†Jim Devellano, who called Mantha’s first season in Grand Rapids “very, very, very disappointing.”

“I think he’s going through adversity,” added GM Ken Holland. “And I think when you (face) adversity in life and learn to deal with it, you become a better person and a better player.”