The Leafs are missing their top three centers and didn’t manage to beat the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, so in their desperation they made a deal with longstanding trading partners in Anaheim.
To Toronto: C Peter Holland, RW Brad Staubitz
To Anaheim: D Jesse Blacker, conditional 3rd round pick (can become a 2nd if Holland plays 25 NHL games this year), 7th round pick
Holland is a former first-round pick, 15th overall in 2009. He’s a 6-foot-2, left-handed shooting center with potential to be a second-liner in the NHL. His best AHL season saw him post 60 points in 71 games with the Syracuse Crunch two seasons ago. He has seven points in 29 NHL games. Holland is in the last year of his entry-level deal, which is $870,000 against the cap. He’ll likely slot in on one of Toronto’s top two lines.
Blacker, drafted 58th overall in 2009, is a right-handed shooting defenseman with untapped offensive potential. He has struggled with the AHL’s Marlies this season and his development has been slow. He has yet to play an NHL game, nor has he displayed much offense yet at the AHL level. He scored 54 points in 62 games with the Owen Sound Attack in 2010-11, but hasn’t topped 16 points in the AHL.
I would imagine Holland, a highly-skilled centre, will get a good chance to show what he has for injury-riddled TOR.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 16, 2013
New #Leafs C Peter Holland is 22, 6-foot-2 and scored 19g in 45gp in AHL last year. He had 3g and 5pts in 21 games with Ducks.
— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) November 16, 2013
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 16, 2013
Holland was Ducks first pick 15th overall four years ago. He’s a skilled centre with decent hands and has decent AHL numbers. Not a grinder.
— James Mírtle (@mirtle) November 16, 2013
In my opinion Peter Holland is a high end prospect, very intelligent player and skating has improved a ton, prior with Barb Underhill
— Jon Abbott (@HockeyAbbs) November 16, 2013
Peter Holland played four games under Carlyle in Anaheim in November 2011
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 16, 2013
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 16, 2013
Newcomer peter holland is expected to play against buffalo tonight. miller and reimer your expected starters. #TMLtalk
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) November 16, 2013
3rd round pick in Ducks-Leafs trade becomes a 2nd based on games played.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 16, 2013