When Swedish under-17 national coach Markus Akerblom first saw Alexander Holtz play last spring, he quickly realized the hype around the youngster was justified. “From the red line forward, he scored on every shot,” Akerblom said. “It was unbelievable. I had never seen anything like that before. He could literally squeeze the puck through when there was no space. I was blown away. He hit the target every time. You could see the goalies were really frustrated. They couldn’t get a read on him.”
And while it would be very easy for the 17-year-old to get distracted by all the chatter surrounding his future, Holtz’s drive was just as impressive as his goal-scoring ability. “I was really surprised how this kid, and he is still a kid, was so mature and focused,” Akerblom said. “He knows exactly ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.