Patrick Holland
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Patrick Holland

Hometown:

Lethbridge Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-07

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Montreal, 2014

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Patrick Holland made his WHL debut, appearing in one game with the Tri-City Americans and was the second-leading scorer for the Lethbridge Y’s Men Titans in the Alberta Midget AAA hockey league. Holland scored 17 goals with 28 assists and 20 PMs in 34 games for the Titans and had 5 goals with 11 assists in seven playoff contests.

2009-10: Holland had a solid learning year in his rookie season with the Tri-City Americans. He scored 16 goals (two on the power play) along with 20 assists and a plus two rating but only taking 14 PIMs in 59 WHL games. The rookie showed his versatility by playing his off-wing while being chosen rookie of the year for the Americans.  Holland gained valuable experience when the Americans battled all the way to the WHL playoff finals but lost in the fifth game of the series against the Calgary Hitmen. The skilled winger scored three goals with seven assists but a terrible minus nine rating in 22 WHL playoff games. The offensively talented forward will have to improve his defensive work ethic and physical strength to accent high hockey IQ and his creativity.

2010-11: Holland was given a bigger role in his second season with the Tri-City Americans which helped him to improve his all round play. The defensively improved winger scored 22 goals with 40 assists and a plus ten rating in 71 WHL games.  In the 10 playoff games, he scored four goals with four assists and an even rating while only taking a two minute penalty. He was important in the Americans getting to the second round of the playoffs.

2011-12: Holland had a remarkable season, finishing sixth in scoring for the regular season and ninth for the playoffs in the WHL. The third year forward improved by more than 40 points over last season’s offensive numbers, scoring 25 goals (five on the power play and two shorthanded) along with 84 assists (league leading) and a plus 42 rating in 72 WHL games. Holland and the Americans had a deep WHL playoff run when they were swept 4-0 by the Portland Winterhawk in the semi-finals. The talented two-way forward put up solid numbers, scoring six goals along with 13 assists but was a surprising even rating while taking a shocking 22 PIMs. The 20-year-old was suspended one game in the first round for clipping and had an unusual Gordie Howe Hat-trick against Spokane in their second round match-up.

2012-13: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Montreal in March 2013, Holland joined the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton as a 20-year-old in October after skating in two games with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. He scored 10 goals with 18 assists and was -12 with 8 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games. The Bulldogs missed the playoffs after finishing last in the North Division. Holland had an assist and was -3 in his two games with the Americans.

2013-14: Holland made his NHL debut with the Canadiens — appearing in five October games before being returned to Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton —  in his second pro season. He had no points nor penalties and an even plus/minus; averaging 7:37 minutes of ice time with the Canadiens. He played  57 AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, missing nine games with a lower body injury in November, and scored 6 goals with 11 assists; finishing minus-5 with 2 penalty minutes. Hamilton missed the playoffs; finishing last in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Holland is one of those players who can sometimes go unnoticed but he can do it all. He has such a high hockey IQ that it allows him to think the game at a quick pace and help him set-up his linemates. The skilled playmaker is also versatile enough to play all the forward positions. The smooth skating forward proved to be durable at the AHL level and shows poise on the power play. He needs to add more muscle mass to his thin frame while continuing his improvement of his two-way game to play in the NHL.

Future

Holland was obtained by Winnipeg from Montreal along with veteran goalie Peter Budaj in exchange for Eric Tangradi in October 2014 and both are with Jets AHL affiliate St. John's to start the 2014-15 season. A consistent scorer in junior hockey, Holland's role at the pro level has been that of a two-way, defensive forward. Now in the third year of his original entry-level contract, Holland is at a crossroads in his professional career and will likely have to top the output of his first two seasons if he is to be re-signed by the Jets.

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