Feature Story: Triggermen – 2020 Prospects Who Know How to Fill The Net

Cam Robinson

2020-04-26

Alexander Holtz setting up with Djurgårdens

 

In the hockey world, glory can be achieved in any number of ways. It can be in the form or a timely save, a blocked shot, or a deft pass. But more often than not, the legends grow off of the goalscorers’ stick. The players who can consistently find the back of the net are forever in demand. It’s the most difficult element of the game to achieve and when you have an opportunity to land one in the draft, you jump.

Today, we’re going to examine some of the premier finishers amongst the 2020 class. Spoiler Alert: there are a good many. 

 

Alexander Holtz, RW (Djurgårdens, SHL)

In a class littered with high-end finishers, Holtz stands alone at the top. The Swedish winger was a terror in the J20 circuit as a 16-year-old in 2018-19. His 30 goals in 38 SuperElit games that year set the single-season record for U17 skaters, passing Daniel Sedin. He came just a single goal short of matching the U18 mark. 

 

 


This season, the 6′ 183lbs winger moved up to the SHL on an (almost) full-time basis. A quick three-game stint in the J20 league led to seven, yes seven, goals. But while up with the top club, he scored nine times and totalled 16 points in 35 contests. That was double the goal output of any other draft-eligible player in the league. Hell, it was more than any draft-plus one player scored too. 

 

 


The thing about Holtz’s scoring ability is that he thrives both off of the rush and set up in the offensive zone. He lives to score goals. He’s not the fastest player in the group (although he skates well) but his desire to find the open space and let it rip is unmatched. One of the more impressive developments of his game this past season was further willingness to get into the dirt areas of the ice and whack away. He won’t be able to score just highlight reel tallies, so this newfound grit is a welcomed sign.


The kid has 40 goals written all over him.