Peter Holland, C
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Drafted: 2009 by Anaheim Ducks, 15th Overall
May 2015 – Holland finished the season with six points in his final nine games, although the games were broken up by a lower-body injury. Still Holland was still one of the few pleasant stories on a terrible year for the franchise. At this point he has solidified himself as a good 3rd line center in the NHL and will move forward and become a decent fantasy option in deeper leagues going forward, but we can no longer call give him prospect status. Jason Banks
February 2015 – With the trade deadline approaching, the stock of Peter Holland has the potential to be thrust forward very quickly. Holland has situated himself very well in a 3rd line role proving himself capable and responsible at being a strong center for the years to come. He needs to become more forceful with his production abilities and stronger in the faceoff circle. If the Leafs management part with Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak or both as rumors circulate and bring back lesser assets or picks, Holland will be thrown deep into the storm with stronger wingers, more ice-time and responsibilities to drive the team not only the rest of the season and into the future. It is hard to find a ceiling for Holland’s potential as a powerful, offensive center but we could get a better outlook when vaulted into a bigger role. Jason Banks
July 2014 – Dave Nonis in his July 1st, ‘state of free agency’ media address, mentioned that “Holland will be granted a major opportunity to make the team in the fall and have an impact…” as Nonis decided not to pursue large free agent centers when the opportunity arose. Since then, only utility centers have been signed as players to compete with Holland in camp for top 9 roles. Holland is yet to sign a RFA contract, but it will likely be done soon in the million or less dollar range for a pair of seasons. His situation at the moment is a bit murky for fantasy managers, but watch closely how he performs early in training camp to see how and where he slots in and with who. The talent is in him as a speculative, farm selection. Jason Banks
January 2014 – The trade has put Holland in a much stronger situation for success both short term and long term. It is likely that if/when the Leafs are completely healthy, they will need to start making big roster decisions with Holland stuck in the middle because of his two way contract status, he is an easy slide to the AHL, but his play and development dictates he stays. Unfortunately sticking in the NHL could spell a reduced role or frequent scratches. A regular assignment would serve little good as he is a dominate player in the ‘A’ but he has not seen post season action for a couple years, so time against top teams over the grind of run could push Holland in a new way. He is looking like he will pace for the 20 point region this season, with a solid outlook for the future. Jason Banks
November 2013 – The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jesse Blacker and draft picks. For the Leafs, this was a short term and long term move given their injury problems up the middle. Holland is still very young at 22 years of age and will be given every opportunity to play with Toronto’s offensive forwards while Bozak, Bolland, and company nurse their injuries. Kevin Won
November 2013 – Holland was called up for a brief stint where he played four games, tallying a lone goal in his first game. Averaging around nine minutes per game, he also saw secondary powerplay time in two of the four games. With the Ducks’ depth on the wings depleted, it only made sense to send Holland back down. He didn’t make the most of his time up, but we should be seeing him back up soon. Kevin Won
March 2013 – It seems like Holland has his foot in the door as the Ducks main recall when needed and is putting in a strong case to be a full time NHL player next season. He has 19 goals in the AHL and a pair more in the NHL. The coaching staff also seems to feel better about him the more he plays as his ice-time has been rising moderately. For the current future he looks like he will see third line ice and some power-play duty, but as he grows his game and becomes more effective, he should see top six responsibilities within a three year window and turn into the mid-first rounder expected. Jason Banks
November 2012 – Holland has found himself in the top 5 scoring leaders in the AHL. He has potted 6 goals and set up 8 to put 14 points together in the first 12 games of the season. He still needs to work on his defensive play as he is a minus 4. The best thing for him is to continue his offensive play while honing his defense so he is not a liability in the NHL. Tim Graveline
February 2012 – Holland is a first round selection that the Ducks are trying to develop in the right way. He has a tremendous scoring ability that he showed in juniors with the Guelph Storm by increasing point production each year. Instead of rushing to the NHL, he is playing in Syracuse (AHL) developing a full game in order to be NHL ready in the next few years, hopefully as a top-six forward. Russ Bitely
Fantasy Outlook: B
Holland is a shooter with much offensive upside. He is on the cusp of being a nice player to own for managers.
Toronto fans can get used to this shot!
Using his high end wrist shot on Roberto Luongo for his first NHL goal.
Peter Holland picks the short side on the breakaway:
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