Prospect Update: My Number Four

Ducks prospect C Peter Holland celebrates his first career NHL goal. (via Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

My number four prospect is center Peter Holland. He has spent most of this season down in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch, but was called up earlier in the season for a stretch of four games with the big club. He certainly has put up some points in the AHL, but that’s nothing compared to the NHL.

20-year-old Peter Holland is from Toronto, Ontario. He was born on January 14, 1991, almost exactly one year older than me hahaha. The Ducks picked him in the 1st round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 15th overall. He shoots left-handed and is listed at 6’3″, 200 lbs.

A lot like DSP, he is a power forward type of player. However, he is not as physical as DSP. DSP will do more work using his body than Holland. Holland has a big frame with good, strong strides, but it doesn’t look like he’s skating that hard because of those strong strides. Then again, some scouts have actually questioned his effort at some times. Like DSP, he will park himself in front of the net and create opportunities. He will be a major pest to defenseman. He has been used in almost every situation throughout his career so far, power play and penalty kill, and even some point work on the power play.

I read a lot of compliments about his shot. And why not, in his NHL career, he has one career shot and it went in. In fact, it was the game-winning goal in a wild game against the Vancouver Canucks on November 11, 2011. He has very good offensive skill. Good hands to go along with he shot that has been called a heavy shot with a quick release. Holland can dominate in the offensive zone, but like I said earlier, he has not shown it on a consistently night basis. Due to that, he is not a high energy player. He is however smart and exploits the opponents weakness in his game.

I think it’s only a matter of time before he spends more time up with Anaheim. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got some more time in Anaheim this year because of the way this season is going so far. I think almost everyone has basically come to the conclusion that the Ducks don’t have it this year. In seasons like these, the more ice time the young kids get the better for the next year, and the year after that. Holland can develop into a top line scorer, but if not he would make a fine second line power forward.

Career Stats – Regular Season:

2007-2008: Guelph Storm – OHL: 62 GP, 8 G, 15 A, 23 P, -8, 31 PIM

2008-2009: Guelph Storm – OHL: 68 GP, 28 G, 39 A, 67 P, +10, 42 PIM

2008-2009: Team Canada – WJC-U18: 6 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 8 PIM

2009-2010: Guelph Storm – OHL: 59 GP, 30 G, 50 A, 80 P, -7, 40 PIM

2010-2011: Guelph Storm – OHL: 67 GP, 37 G, 51 A, 88 P, +6, 57 PIM

2010-2011: Syracuse Crunch – AHL: 3 GP, 3 G, 3A, 6 P, -2, 0 PIM

2011-2012: Syracuse Crunch – AHL: 25 GP, 10 G, 13 A, 23 P, -2, 15 PIM

2011-2012: Anaheim Ducks – NHL: 4 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, Even, 2 PIM

Career Stats – Playoffs:

2007-2008: Guelph Storm – OHL: 10 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, -2, 4 PIM

2008-2009: Guelph Storm – OHL: 4 GP, 4 G, 0 A, 4 P, -5, 2 PIM

2009-2010: Guelph Storm – OHL: 5 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 P, -1, 12 PIM

2010-2011: Guelph Storm – OHL: 6 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 9 P, -1, 4 PIM

My #3 Prospect Update will be posted on either this upcoming Monday or Tuesday. Be ready and go ahead and take a guess on who you think will be my number 3 prospect for the Anaheim Ducks.

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Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Devante Smith-Pelly, Guelph Storm, Peter Holland, Syracuse Crunch, Vancouver Canucks

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