Fabian Zetterlund, Jesper Boqvist, Alexander Holtz… Who’s The Odd Man Out?

Jesper Boqvist #70 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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New Jersey Devils right wing Alexander Holtz (10): Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Case for Alex Holtz

Alex Holtz has been highly touted since the Devils drafted him with the 7th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old has had his ups and downs already in his young career. Fans have called for him to be traded, sent down to the AHL, or put on the first line, but nobody is on the same page about the youngster.

Holtz has four points in 17 games this year, including three goals. He doubled his season point total in the 3rd period of Wednesday night’s game in Detroit. Holtz displayed his wicked wrister with his goal and showcased his vision on his assist. His play has looked much better as of late; even Thursday night Holtz was very noticeable in a game he didn’t get on the scoresheet. The messages Coach Ruff sent the youngster through his benching and healthy scratches have started to pay off.

Holtz has made a clear effort to be better in his own end of the ice, as well as on the forecheck. Holtz has the potential to become a complete player. The message that he must earn his play time has seemed to resonate with the rookie.

He should be in the lineup every night, getting minutes in a top-six role. With players who can create offense, Holtz can thrive, and we know about the mighty shot he brings to the table.