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Who Is Peter Holland?

Amidst the monstrous signing of Karl Alzner, Montreal Canadiens GM, Marc Bergevin made a minor deal by signing Peter Holland to a 2-year contract. The former Anaheim Duck is the typical Bergevin depth signing we’re accustomed to.

Frankly, Holland is a standard cap friendly, depth deal. Such deals can pay big dividends to a team if everything goes well. This isn’t the first time Bergevin completed these depth signings. An example of that was back in 2015, when Bergevin signed Alex Semin to a 1 year, $1.1M contract and Tomas Fleischmann to a 1 year, $750,000 deal. Semin and Fleischmann, at the time, were two under the radar players that could have been adequate players going forward.

Ultimately, the Semin experiment didn’t come to fruition, as Semin was released after only fifteen games with the Habs. The Fleischmann acquisition worked out splendidly, as the Czech native recorded 10 goals and 21 points in 57 games with the Canadiens in 2015-16. He was also a part of a trade with Chicago that lured Phillip Danault and a 2018 2nd round pick.

When you take a look at Holland’s statistics on Hockey DB, you’ll come to the realization that he won’t be a difference maker from an offensive standpoint. Nonetheless, he has found the 20-point plateau twice in his career. Despite his offensive numbers, the offense is only half the story. We also have to consider the defensive side of the game and other intangibles in the hectic game of hockey.

UPSIDE:

The former 1st round pick is a versatile forward that has the capability to play where ever he’s deployed. Holland can chip in offensively if he’s inserted into a good situation within the lineup. He maintains an ideal stature for the NHL (6’2, 201 pounds). The Caledon, Ontario native can also play all three forward positions. Montreal needs forward depth, especially at centre, so this signing is a savvy way to fill a need.

FLAWS:

Peter Holland doesn’t utilize his 6’2 frame to the best of its ability. He doesn’t display any variety of physical presence. The former Leaf can be heavily inconsistent and can go into huge lapses of inconsistency on all facets of the game. He has all the tools, he just doesn’t have the toolbox. Maybe in the right situation, he can put the whole package together.

FINAL VERDICT:

Peter Holland is a smart depth signing who could slot in on either the 3rd or 4th line. He’s certainly capable of playing smart defensively on a nightly basis and chip in with 20-25 points.

Sources: The Hockey News, Rotoworld, Hockey Database, Hockey’s Future

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