Justin Holl

by Brian Harling on February 3, 2018




Justin Holl, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-02

Weight: 170

Born: 1992-01-30

Hometown:  Tonka Bay, MN

Drafted: 2nd round 2010 (54th overall) by Chicago Blackhawks








Feb 2018 - Holl got an emergency call up with the Leafs to play his first game in the NHL after returning from the AHL All Star game. In his first NHL game the 26-year old rookie scored his first NHL goal. Holl a second round draft pick with Chicago scored in his second NHL game last night, and is now the first rookie defenseman with the Leafs to score in his first two NHL games. He is playing a solid game and often found himself playing with Dermott up against the opponents top players. Holl did not look out of place at all and provides solid depth defense for the Leafs. He should be returned to the Marlies when the injury challenges lift. Holl will be an RFA at the end of this season, and he has played so well it is likely he gets a new contract with the Leafs. The depth on the blue line will make it difficult for Holl to crack the lineup on a permanent basis but he will be a challenger with this team or perhaps elsewhere if Leafs can't fit him in.  Brian Harling


Dec 2017 - Holl is having a decent season with the Marlies in his third year on the team. He is maturing into a solid D with a solid all round game. He has decent size and uses it effectively. This year Holl has three goals and seven assists along with a plus minus of plus-11 in just 21 games. He is relied on by the coach in all game situations and along with Travis Dermott is a top pairing defenseman. At 25-years-old the Chicago second round pick of the 2010 NHL draft is as close to the NHL as he has ever been. The Leafs used one of their scarce NHL contracts to advance Holl from this previous AHL contract, and if the Leafs run into injury trouble Holl would be a probable call up. Longer term it will still be difficult for Holl to secure a full time NHL position. Holl is capable of being an NHL defenseman but the competition with the Leafs will be intense as Leafs have built up an impressive array of promising young defensemen. From a fantasy perspective Holl remains of limited to questionable value. Brian Harling


September 2016 – The road has been long for the 24-year-old defender who has been on the NHL radar for seven years. This summer he finally signed his first NHL contract with the Leafs after being a second rounder many years earlier for the Blackhawks who declined his rights after four years at the University of Minnesota. Holl is a well-rounded blueliner who uses his body very effectively defending his zone while remaining mobile. He has the experience and vision to make excellent yet safe first passes. Strong on his skates with good size makes him a valuable presence in the AHL. He was utilized quite regularly in key defending situations for the 2015-16 Marlies squad and was in my opinion the most stable, yet unexciting and unheralded D-men all season long. Making the show will be quite a feat for a player who has battled from the ECHL without a contract to the top level. Jason Banks


Fantasy Outlook: D+


Plays a more secure and quiet defensive game than most prospects around yet loves to jump in and create opportunities.




Holl as a forward, scores a major game winning goal sending the Gophers to the NCAA finals:



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