Alex Holtz has a chance to be a really good player for the New Jersey Devils.
The New Jersey Devils are building their organization through the draft. The 1st round has been key over the past four seasons as they landed two number-one overall centers and a stud defenseman prospect leading up to 2020. Then, they kicked off the 2020 NHL Draft with the seventh-overall pick where they selected Alexander Holtz. He seems to be a great pick that should be able to make an impact at the NHL level very soon.
Because of COVID-19, the NHL season is still in its offseason, but the SHL is going strong. Holtz is playing there with Djurgardens, where he has four goals and five assists in 12 games. We have seen other players with similar production over there come to the NHL and excel. Holtz’s strengths really seem to fit some needs for the Devils.
Holtz is well known for his scoring. The shot he possesses is something that should serve him well playing on this Devils team. Most of the Devils prospects and young stars have that pass-first mentality. They need more players who have a shooting mindset to take advantage of all these playmakers.
It might be a year or two before we see him in the NHL but it was awesome to see New Jersey land him with pick number seven. There were some playmakers there on the board to consider but Holtz was a great pick. The cool thing about him is that his great shot isn’t his only goal-scoring tool. He can get to the net and deflect pucks as well. All of this should really come in handy as the Devils try to advance their rebuild.
Holtz was one of three picks that New Jersey made in the 1st round of the 2020 Draft. They also selected Dawson Mercer and Shakir Mukhamadullin later in the 1st round, which should turn out to be a really good haul for them.
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The fact that Holtz is tearing up the SHL is even more encouraging for Devils fans. Him reaching that potential with New Jersey will really go a long way in balancing their offensive attack. It is good that even though the NHL and AHL are in the offseason, he is over there perfecting his skills. When he finally gets his opportunity to come over to North American, he will be ready to go. The New Jersey Devils are lucky to have him at the top of their farm system.