This is part 17 of my Prospect File series where I update you guys’ on Hockey’s Future’s Top 20 Anaheim Ducks prospects. This will be a daily series that will hopefully end before the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I will also be doing a series on possible players the Ducks will take with their first round pick. Part 16 was on defenseman Hampus Lindholm. So, next up in part 17 is #4 on HF’s Top 20, center Peter Holland.
The 15th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Peter Holland, is coming off a season that included the most NHL time of his three year professional career. He has been around a point-per-game player everywhere he has played and his time has finally come to do just that in the NHL. With some aging forwards, Peter Holland is one of the young guys who should get a boost in ice time next season. In 2011-2012, Holland appeared in only four games for the Ducks, averaging 7:42 in TOI. This year, he appeared in 21 games for the Ducks, averaging 11:35 in TOI. He has proven to be a good scorer down in the AHL and he got some chances this past season to show what he can do. He is almost strictly an offensive forward. He has excellent offensive abilities, but his play in his own zone has improved. I keep saying that the Ducks are loaded at center when it comes to prospects, however, Holland is one guy who shouldn’t worry about the crowd. He is certainly capable of being a second line center in the NHL.
Weight: 192 lbs.
“Holland came into the AHL in 2011-12 after several seasons of success with the Guelph Storm in the OHL, and quickly made an impact with then-Ducks affiliate Syracuse Crunch. With the lockout shortening the season for the 2012-13 NHL season, Holland played the first half of the year with Norfolk, Anaheim’s new affiliate, and continued his AHL success with 39 points in 44 games. Once the CBA was sorted out, Holland was immediately called up to the Ducks. He has filled in here and there as the team’s fourth line center, and ended up playing 21 games on the year. Holland showed he has all the skills, size, and intelligence to be an NHL player. Consistency could be an issue but that will be sorted out with more playing time and an increase in ice time. He has seemed to embrace the NHL style and could be a potential second or third line center with the organization, continuing the organization’s prowess at drafting potential top end two-way talents.”
“Is a versatile forward with scoring and all-around upside. Owns an ideal frame for the NHL game. Needs to make better use of his frame, especially in terms of his physical play, in order to make an impact at the highest level.”
Next up in the series will be center Rickard Rakell.