At first glance, those stats may not look so great but that is excellent production for a 17-year-old in one of the best leagues in the world. According to Dan Marr, the director of the NHL's Central Scouting Services, eighth is a pretty good place to be. He broke the U17 record for most points in a single season but was surpassed by Lucas Raymond in the last round of the regular season. Of the two Swedish wingers projected to be taken in the top 10 (we covered the playmaking Lucas Raymond here), Holtz is known as the more natural goal scorer. While Holtz wasn’t consistently dominant on the ice, his productivity has been phenomenal all season long. Ultimately, I think Holtz goes anywhere from four-seven. It is also worth noting that Holtz is a good forechecker and reads the game very well off the puck, which enables him to win the puck up high. His offensive game is supported by good skating abilities; he has quite good initial step and acceleration, and his top speed is already above-average in J20 SuperElit. Adding weight onto his frame in the next couple of years will surely contribute to his overall game, as he learns to separate physically from his man in the offensive zone and create more space for himself. He also spends way too much time on Twitter: @JokkeNevalainen. His experience against playing with men should also prove beneficial when making the next step. © 2020 Dobber Sports Inc. All Rights Reserved. His 16 points with the big club led all under-18 players. While Alexander Holtz is one of the few prospects, I hope falls to where the Chicago Blackhawks could potentially be drafted, I, unfortunately, think he is a top seven lock. Holtz’s shot is the best in his draft class, as he can wire it from anywhere in the offensive zone. He still projects to become a top 10 pick at the draft. Tweet from @cmoresport: Holtz! I believe Holtz could be everything that the Sabres thought they were getting with Alex Nylander in 2016 plus more. Jokke Nevalainen had some high praise for Holtz and ranked him as the third-best European prospect. Overall, Holtz’s shooting prowess should turn him into a perennial 30+ goal scorer, especially with either Hischier or Hughes feeding him pucks into dangerous ice. Copyright © 1999-2018 The Hockey Western New York, LLC and the National Hockey League. Djurg��rden g��r sitt f��rsta m��l f��r s��songen! Although his upside may not be high as Raymond’s, Holtz still posses’ elite level offensive skills with a lethal shot. Neither is this one. He is expected to spend the 2020-2021 season in Sweden but could push for an NHL job in 2021-2022. He will likely spend his Draft+1 year with Djurgardens in the SHL, which will further his offensive development. Holtz’ raw, unadjusted production is the lowest of the “big three” Swedish forwards– Holtz, Lucas Raymond, and Noel Gunler– up for the 2020 draft. Steve Kournianos from The Draft Analyst also had praise for the young Swede. Hadi Kalakeche, October 2020 – Holtz was drafted seventh overall by the Devils. He shows versatility in his scoring chances, utilizing different shots and being able to produce both off the rush and during offensive-zone cycles. After him, most projections have forwards Quinton Byfield and Tim Stutzle going second and third in some order - though, as we have seen in recent years, those projections are never a guarantee. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. “He is still the best goal-scorer among this group. In the offensive zone, he works hard to position himself to become an option for a pass, and he is often ready to shoot well before the puck is heading his way. The Devils had a lot of excellent options to choose from with the seventh overall pick of the 2020 draft, and decided to fill a huge need with Holtz – he is now by far the best right-wing prospect in their pool. However, I believe Holtz will play another year in the SHL before making the transition to the NHL. We continue today with Swedish forward Alexander Holtz. Sabres.com is the official Web site of The Buffalo Sabres. Going all the way back to 2016-17 when he was playing in … As he enters the league Holtz would be a perfect fit on a line with Jonathan Toews, Strome, or Dach. Future Considerations has him ranked at #5. Frozen Tools and DobberProspects launched in 2008, helping to form the nucleus of the Dobber Sports Network: dedicated to helping you win your fantasy hockey leagues. Holtz’s usage hasn’t been optimal but he’s making the best of it.
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