Holtet entered the seen by making the move from Norway to Sweden as a 16-year-old, playing in Farjestad’s junior system. He finished the 2000-01 season by playing for Norway at the U18’s, where he put up a respectable 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games.
Holtet played primarily for Farjestad’s Junior 20 team in 2001-02 and also made the move to Norway’s Division I World Junior Championship team as a 17-year-old. Although he had a limited role on the WJC team, he led the U18 team in scoring with 5 goals and 3 assists in 8 games, just enough to gain the attention of NHL scouts.
The NHL took notice and when draft day came Dallas took Holtet in the 2nd rd with the 42nd overall pick.
Holtet moved up to the Allsvensken league in 2002-03, seeing limited action with Bofors. However, Holtet did play for Norway’s WJC team again and tied for first in team scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. The performance earned the 18-year-old a spot on Norway’s 2003 World Championship, albeit it on spot duty.
Bofors gave Holtet more ice time in 2003-04, and Holtet responded with 11 goals and 3 assists in 43 games. He also made his final appearance with Norway’s WJC, once again in the DI Group B. His 5 goals and 3 assists placed him fifth in the tournament in scoring.
The 20-year-old made the move to North America in 2004-05 playing for one of Dallas’ AHL affiliates, the Houston Aeros. Holtet was primarily limited to even strength situations, mostly on the fourth line. He also played four games in the ECHL with Louisiana.
Dallas moved all of its AHL prospects to one team in 2005-06, to the expansion Iowa Stars. The moved to Iowa did Holtet good too, as he started to receive more ice-time and even a regular spot on the penalty kill.
Holtet has been somewhat of a Norwegian hockey prodigy. The Norwegian flew through the ranks of Swedish hockey system to the point where he was a regular in the professional ranks at the age of 18.
Coming onto the scene during the 2000-01 season in Färjestad’s junior system, Holtet played for both the U20 and U18 teams. He especially shone at the U18 level. Holtet stayed in the junior system for the 2001-02 season, playing nearly the whole season with the U20 team. His numbers were not great, but he showed a little bit of a scoring touch and a very aggressive style.
The 2002-03 season was Holtet’s first in the professional ranks. Färjestad had eliminated its U20 team over the summer, preferring instead to play the promising players with Skåre BK in Sweden’s Div. 1 professional league. Holtet earned a good reputation there as a talented and aggressive player and was called up at midseason to Bofors in the second tier of the Swedish professional system. There he was used mostly in a depth role, seeing limited minutes.
Holtet has already had quite the international career for Norway. Seeing as he is the highest drafted Norwegian hockey player, this is not much of a surprise. He has competed for Norway’s U18 WJC team twice, in 2001 and 2002. In each tournament, he performed very well offensively, leading the way for Norway in 2002. Holtet has also performed with Norway’s U20 team twice thus far in the U20 WJC Div. 1 Championships. In 2002, Holtet was mainly limited to a depth role, but in the 2003 tournament, Holtet was Norway’s leading scorer. His play during the 2002-03 season earned him a nomination to Norway’s Div. 1 World Championship team, where he saw limited minutes.
Holtet came to North America in 2004-05, playing 54 games with the Houston Aeros, and four games with the ECHL Louisiana IceGators.
Although Holtet may have been noticed for his offensive exploits with the Norwegian U18 and WJC teams, his primary strengths lie in his energy game. Holtet has decent speed, is strong on his skates, finishes his checks and hits fairly hard. He is a relentless forechecker who sometimes goes just a bit too hard and takes himself out of the play. Although he has the hustle, his defensive awareness will need to improve to play in the NHL, but it is improving.
Offensively, Holtet has a hard shot which he can snipe, and he is more than willing to take shots. He also has good stickhandling skills and some playmaking ability.
If Holtet becomes the next Norwegian NHLer, it'll be as a high energy fourth liner who forechecks hard, finishes his checks, and uses his hard shot and underrated stickhandling to chip in offensively. He has many of the tools to be a successful fourth liner if he continues to improve his defensive awareness, learning that less is sometimes more.
His shot is already pro level, but he needs to refine his defensive game before he has a chance at the NHL. Holtet is dangerous with the puck, but until he improves his defensive play, his team will tend to play without it.