New Jersey Devils: Assessing The Marco Rossi Vs Alexander Holtz Debate

New Jersey Devils could take Marco Rossi or Alex Holtz with seven overall.

The New Jersey Devils fell to the seventh-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. A mystery team from the “play-in” series won the top spot, the Los Angeles Kings won the second pick, and the Ottawa Senators won the third pick. That mystery team winning is what pushed New Jersey down to pick number seven. Well, there could be worse years to fall to the seventh selection as this draft is very deep.

Well, New Jersey is going to have some nice teenagers to choose from with this pick, so they must do their homework to select the right player. There are a lot of players in the discussion, but there is a good debate amongst fans about the play of both Marco Rossi and Alexander Holtz. Chances are that one of them is available for the Devils at seven.

There is a chance neither are there, but for the sake of argument, let’s debate who would be better for the Devils moving forward. A lot of people like Rossi because he is an offensive-minded center. He had 39 goals and 81 assists for 120 points in 56 games played for the Erie Otters. That is a really good level of production for a draft-eligible player.

Holtz is a different kind of scorer than Rossi. He is a right-wing that relies on his highly gifted shot to score goals. There are plenty of folks who see him as the best goal scorer in the draft. Whether that proves to be true or not remains to be seen but a goal scorer is what he is no matter what. With centerman like Nico Hischier or Jack Hughes to potentially put him with, he is a very intriguing option.

Each of these players has a pretty high ceiling. The Devils need to pinpoint which one has the highest chance of reaching that ceiling and take him. It might not even be one of these two players but the debate online seems to involve these two players the most. They are also the most likely to fall to the Devils there at seven out of all the options. At the end of the day, the Devils need to select who will help them compete for the Stanley Cup.