Korbinian Holzer



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Korbinian Holzer, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Born: 1988-02-16

Hometown: Munich, Germany

Drafted: 2006 by Toronto Maple Leafs, 111th Overall







March 2015 – Although sidelined with a concussion, Korbinian Holzer was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks for Eric Brewer and a 5th round pick. Brendan Ross


February 2015 – After being recalled in late November, Holzer has acclimated himself well as a regular for the Leafs. He struggled a bit in the past with speed, but has been handling that aspect much better this do around with a stronger frame and positioning. With recent injuries, he has once again found himself as the responsible side to the team’s top pairing, this time with Cody Franson. I would not expect him to stay a top pairing defender, should be a stable top 4. Holzer and veteran Stephane Robidas are the only defenders on the Leafs that have a better than negative rating, which doesn’t say much other than they do not hurt you to hold. He is still working on his offensive game and has a four game point streak prior to Christmas, but he will be lucky to ever reach 20 points for a complete season in the NHL. Low double digits is the expectation. He currently averages three hits per game, and almost a trio of blocked shots every pair games. It has been mentioned he is a candidate to be dealt as a depth player near the deadline, the organization has a few others mentioned before that bring similar skill sets closing in on the NHL. Jason Banks


March 2014 – The current campaign has been bittersweet for the German defender. After a poor showing in training camp, he had a lifeless start to the Marlies season with only five points and a negative 6 rating in 21 games. As of late he has chipped in with 10 points, positive 12 rating and 36 penalty minutes in his last 15 games. He has quietly had his strongest North American season but due to lack of injuries on the Maple Leafs blueline, no one has been summoned all season. Early on Holzer seemed disengaged with the game with lack of passion and feistiness I’ve become accustom too over the years, he still hasn’t been playing with the same chip on his shoulder, but he seems like he has taken a step forward with effort and putting heart into his play. His contract is currently a one-way pact that carries through next season, but he needs to re-establish himself in next fall camp as an NHL defender otherwise the outlook will be extremely grim for him. The organization’s other ‘defensive first’ prospects are threatening to displace Holzer, Petter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam and Tom Nilsson all provide the responsibility he brings. Jason Banks


March 2013 – After starting the season as a ‘taxi’ player, Holzer is probably in the NHL to stay and is playing top minutes with Dion Phaneuf. He is quickly becoming a Leaf fan favorite with fellow former Marlie teammate Mark Fraser and was rewarded with a shiny new two-year contract that is one-way. The smooth-skating defenseman is mostly being utilized to allow Phaneuf more roaming ability, but Holzer himself has shown an ability to jump in the rush himself on his second career goal. Phaneuf’s i