Anthony Mantha's Resurgence
In the positive category, if it's not Connor McMichael that is the best thing on the Capitals this season that means it probably has to be the fact that Anthony Mantha has had a good season.
I'm not going to spend too much time on Mantha's struggles as a Capital before this season. We all know it, it has been talked about enough, we don't need to keep bringing it up. With that being said Mantha did only score a total of 24 goals with the Capitals in the previous three seasons or so. He didn't score a lot of goals for many reasons, again, that's been talked about a lot.
Here we are, 36 games into the 2023/24 season and Mantha is towards the top of the team in both goals and points. His 18 points is tied for fifth on the team, behind Ovechkin, Strome, Carlson and Wilson, tied with Protas. His 11 goals are tied for second on the team behind only Strome and his 13, tied with Tom Wilson and his 11.
With those numbers Mantha is on pace for a potential career year. He is currently on pace for about 26-27 goals, that would best his career high of 25 that he scored in 2018-19. He is also on pace for 46 points which would be just short of the 48 he tallied in both 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Again, we'll talk about it in just a minute but the Capitals have badly needed other guys to step up. So far Connor McMichael has and Mantha has turned into the goal scorer that the Caps wanted when they got him nearly three years ago. It has been awesome watching the success that Mantha has had.