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Other leagues: SPHL’s Mantha thrives

Devin Mantha logged his fourth season in the SPHL, and despite playing just 32 games, he tallied 18 goals and 21 points for his best career points-per-game ratio in the pros.

Mantha, whose father is former NHL-er Moe Mantha, has scored 63 goals and dished for 86 assists for 149 points in just 170 games with Mississippi since 2013.

Max Cook finished the season with 11 goals and 13 assists in 47 games with Fayetteville, and rookie Andrew Schmit tallied six goals, 16 assists and 91 PIMs in 55 games with Pensacola.

EUROPE: Only four former Miamians suited up for European teams in 2016-17, and F/D Matt Tomassoni led ex-RedHawks in points with 32 on seven goals and 25 assists in 41 games with Frankfurt.

Ryan Jones scored 19 goals for Cologne, which plays in the the top league in Germany.

Cody Murphy (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Cody Murphy tallied 12 goals and 15 assists in 42 games for Bjorkloven (Sweden), and Mike Glumac – in his 15th pro season – went 8-8-16 for Zagreb in his fourth season with the Croatian-based KHL team.

PLAYOFFS?! PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!? – No former Miamian playing in the SPHL or Europe was able to enjoy a late playoff run.

Schmit and Cook notched a goal and an assist in four games in their respective series, as both saw their teams eliminated in the first round. Cook dished for an assist in two games and Mantha picked up a helper in three contests, as his team also exited the playoffs early.

Andrew Schmit (photo by Cathy Lachmann/BoB).

Jones played seven postseason games overseas and recorded one assist.

MILESTONES: Despite being limited to seven games, Jones tallied his 200th professional point last season. He needed just three to reach that mark and finished with a pair of goals and two helpers. That give him 121 pro goals and 90 assists between the NHL, AHL and Europe.

Glumac has now logged 921 games between the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Europe. Now the elder skatesman among former Miamians in the pros, he has 297 goals and 262 assists for 559 career points over 15 seasons.

See also: BoB’s look at RedHawks in the NHL, as well as RedHawks in the AHL in 2016-17 and RedHawks in the ECHL.

A look at all RedHawks that appeared in other leagues this season:

FINAL 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON STATS

SPHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Devin Mantha Mississippi F 32 18 21 39 16 20
Max Cook Fayetteville F 47 11 13 24 6 12
Andrew Schmit Pensacola F 55 6 16 22 10 91

Europe
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Matt Tomassoni Frankfurt (DEL-2)% F 41 7 25 32 17 8
Ryan Jones Cologne (DEL)# F 49 19 11 30 8 49
Cody Murphy Bjorkloven (Sweden)@ F 42 12 15 27 -2 41
Mike Glumac Zagreb (KHL)& F 60 8 8 16 -10 31

FINAL 2016-17 PLAYOFF STATS

SPHL
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Andrew Schmit Pensacola F 4 1 1 2 0
Max Cook Fayetteville F 2 0 1 1 2
Devin Mantha Mississippi F 3 0 1 1 2

Europe
Skaters

Player Team Pos. GP G A Pts. +/– PIM
Ryan Jones Cologne (DEL)# F 7 0 1 1 8

%-Frankfurt is in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and plays in DEL2, the second highest league in Germany.
#-Cologne is in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the top league in Germany.
@-Bjorkloven is in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest league in Sweden.
&-Zagreb is in the Kontinental Hockey League, the top league in Russia, its territories and surrounding countries.

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Update On Jones Contract Situation

The following is from a great piece over on the Chatham-Kent Sports Network about former RedHawk Ryan Jones and his current status in the NHL. As of July 1, 2011 the ex-Miami captain will become an Unrestricted Free Agent-free to sign with any team that bids for his services and there is said to be no guarantee that the third year pro (I know, third year…really?) will return to the Edmonton Oilers.

Here’s Jonesy on where he and the Oil stand:

“We are still in talks right now,” said Jones. ”We aren’t in a huge rush right now as both my agent and the Oilers management have lots of stuff on their plates right now.  The things I am taking into consideration right now would be my fit in the organization and the fact that both my wife and I enjoy being in Edmonton and playing there.  That being said like any player I want some stability so that is where we are at right now.” (CKSN)

The problem with Jones is that many in the NHL feel he is a “3rd line plus” player- a guy that provides energy, competes every shift and chips in a few goals if he gets some bounces. While those of us who followed his college career need no introduction to his goal scoring ability, guys that carry a “bottom six” reputation as Jones does aren’t usually in high demand on the free agent market. Many teams, however, believe they can fill these role player spots with players from within the organization (i.e. the minors). The best case scenario is that the Oilers (and teams wishing to sign him) will view his career-high 18 goals (tied for tops on the Oilers) as yet untapped potential and utilize his skill-set on the second or third line, not on a checking line as most of his career has been spent.

By the way, Jones was also honored as Edmonton’s representative for the NHL’s Bill Masterton trophy, an annual award given to the player on each team that is said to most exhibit a dedication to hockey.