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Peter Holland trade comes to a second fruition

Around Mid November of 2013, the Ducks traded high one of its top prospects who also happens to be a center as well in Peter Holland. Holland was a first round pick in the 2009 draft for the Anaheim Ducks. Coming in at 6'2" and 194 pounds, Peter looked as if he were to become a great center prospect for the Anaheim Ducks in the future.

Young Holland has been in the Anaheim system for almost three years, with 2013-14 season as his last year of his entry level contract, ELC. During that span, Peter put up some gaudy numbers in the Ducks' AHL (American Hockey League, minors) affiliate. In 156 games, Holland scored 50 goals with 64 assists for a total of 114 points. That is a 0.73 point per game pace. Unfortunately, his production did not translate well onto the NHL ice. Twenty nine games played for the Ducks, Holland put up five goals and two assists for a measly sum of seven points. Sadly, that is a 0.24 point per game pace.

Holland's game play is designated for a top six scoring line spot. He does not have the style to play a bottom six role as Holland is a liability on defense. Also, he is below average in the faceoff circle at the NHL level. A center who cannot win faceoffs, cannot produce points or play defense very well at the NHL level in three years in the system means the organization would lose faith.

Peter Holland and journey man Brad Staubitz were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jesse Blacker, a conditional 2014 third round pick, and a seventh round pick. That condition for the 2014 third round pick was if Holland does not play a total of 25 games for the Leafs. If Holland plays 25 games, then that 2014 third round pick upgrades to a second round pick. On January 18, 2014, Holland officially has played in 25 NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The conditional draft pick upgrades from a third round pick to a second round pick. In 25 games for the Leaf, Holland has scored five goals with five assists for a total of 10 points.

The Ducks got prospect defenseman Jesse Blacker. Essentially, he was in the same disposition as Holland, but on a lower level. In juniors, Blacker was looked at as a puck moving defenseman with scoring prowess. In Blacker's last year in the OHL, Ontario Hockey League, in juniors, he played in 62 games and recorded a total of 54 points consisting of 10 goals and 44 assists with a plus/minus rating of plus 17. Since then, Jesse's production has left the Maple Leaf organization wanting for more.

Jesse Blacker, Minor League Stats

Year

Team

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

+/-

2009 - 10

Marlies

6

0

1

1

0.17

0

2011 - 12

Marlies

58

1

15

16

0.28

8

2012 - 13

Marlies

61

4

7

11

0.18

-4

2013 - 14

Marlies

5

1

0

1

0.2

1

2013 - 14

Admirals

20

4

13

17

0.85

-1

So not only do the Ducks acquire an upgraded second round draft pick, but what looked like a throw-in prospect in Blacker is now looking like a promising prospect. He could become another find like a Ben Lovejoy. Still, it may be too early to tell and like Peter Holland, Blacker is playing his last year of his ELC. If the Ducks are able to re-sign Blacker this coming offseason, then it may look as though the organization has come up with aces when the Ducks traded in a King and a number card onto the table. That second round pick projects to be a wonderful asset to the Ducks as it now becomes another pick in the second round. Here's a list of second round picks under GM Bob Murray:

Ducks' 2nd round Picks under Murray

Year

Player

Position

2010

Devante Smith-Pelly

F

2011

John Gibson

G

2011

William Karlsson

C

2012

Nicolas Kerdiles

F

2013

Nick Sorensen

RW

I wish all the best for Peter Holland, but this year was a make or break year for him with the Ducks. With Rakell and Karlsson in the system for centers for the Ducks and the acquisition of Mathieu Perreault early in the 2013 season, the Ducks' organization made a preemptive move to acquire another draft high draft pick for a center who may not have been re-signed this offseason. Put a feather in the cap for GM Bob Murray.


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