Ryan Mantha

Edmonton Oilers
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

Fantasy Summary

Big defender with a lot of intriguing tools but eye damage could potentially limit his effectiveness going forward.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 18, 1996
Height 6‘5”
Weight 225 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 4; Overall: 104

Observations

March 2019 – There hasn’t been any updates on Mantha since last year and at this point just getting back and playing hockey at all would be a positive. He has another year on his contract with the Oilers but his health and well-being are more important right now. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – Mantha’s first season in the AHL definitely didn’t go as planned. On February 2nd the young defenseman suddenly lost sight in his left eye due to a blood clot and sustained damage to the central retinal artery. There can be permanent vision loss and at this point the only reports are that Mantha has gained peripheral vision but not his straight ahead vision. Obviously eye damage can have a major effect on a player’s hockey career but it doesn’t necessarily mean his career is over. Players like Bryan Berard and Carl Soderberg both sustained significant eye damage in their careers and still played in the NHL. Mantha’s development could potentially take a step backwards but there is still potential with this player. His huge body, big slap shot and willingness to contribute offensively are definitely intriguing. Before his injury, Mantha was learning to defend at the faster pro level and learning how to use his body more to his advantage. If Mantha does continue playing there will likely be an adjustment period but he should see more offensive opportunities next season. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2017- Ryan Mantha is a big defensive defenseman. Originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2014 draft, Mantha selected to sign an entry-level contract with Edmonton. Mantha is the captain of the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL. The big defenceman is having himself a pretty solid offensive year picking up 17 goals and 40 assists for 57 points in only 64 games. Mantha is defense-first but he has a crisp breakout pass and will jump up in the play if the opportunity is presented. He also possesses a big shot from the point. A knock on Mantha is his foot speed. He will need to improve this if he wants to play in the NHL one day. Next season Mantha will have a chance to play with the Bakersfield Condors. Spencer Pomoty


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Little Caesars Bantam Minor AAA T1EMBHL 31 2 5 7 40 |          
 2010-2011 Little Caesars Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 28 4 10 14 29 |          
  Little Caesars U16 T1EHL U16 4 0 0 0 2 |          
 2011-2012 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 38 8 14 22 41 |          
  Belle Tire AAA U15 WSI U15 6 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 52 1 6 7 48 |          
 2013-2014 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 29 1 5 6 51 |          
  Indiana Ice USHL 24 2 7 9 20 | Playoffs 10 0 2 2 11 
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 1 1 27 |          
  USA U19 WJAC-19 4 0 0 0 16 |          
 2014-2015 Niagara IceDogs OHL 52 10 15 25 45 | Playoffs 11 1 5 6
 2015-2016 Niagara IceDogs OHL 65 5 20 25 62 | Playoffs 17 3 7 10 14 
 2016-2017 Niagara IceDogs OHL 65 17 41 58 70 | Playoffs 4 2 2 4
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Bakersfield Condors AHL 41 3 7 10 8 |          
 2018-2019 Bakersfield Condors AHL 0 0 0 0 0 |          

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