2007-08: Nick Holden signed with Columbus as an undrafted free agent out of Chilliwack of the WHL. He played important minutes with the Bruins, being used in all situations. He was their captain, as well as their best defenseman. He led all WHL defensemen in goals. Holden has shown large improvements over the course of his two years with the Bruins.
2008-09: In his first full professional season, Holden scored 4 goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 61 games with the Syracuse Crunch. His 22 points ranked second among the team's defensemen.
2009-10: Holden skated in 68 games with Syracuse and scored 6 goals and 17 assists. His 23 points once again ranked second among defenseman on the Crunch.
2010-11: Holden made his NHL debut – appearing in five games with the Blue Jackets in October – before spending his third season with Syracuse in the AHL. Holden was scoreless and an even plus/minus, seeing over 24 minutes of ice-time in the Blue Jackets overtime loss to Edmonton; and averaging 16 minutes of ice time in four other contests. Holden skated in 67 games for Springfield and was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen with 4 goals and 21 assists and had 63 PMs. His +2 plus/minus was among the better marks on a Falcons' squad that missed the AHL playoffs.
Holden is a big strong defenseman who can play both sides of the ice. A classic late-bloomer, Holden has continued to steadily improve after going undrafted in three successive NHL entry drafts. Holden possesses NHL size and is good at playing the body. He also has proven capable of providing leadership from the back-end. He has a very good attitude and work ethic, and has intriguing offensive potential.
Holden has already proved to be an impressive AHL defenseman, but has yet to receive more than a short look in the NHL. This season could be his make-or-break.