Desperate Leafs acquire center Peter Holland from Ducks for Jesse Blacker and picks

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.









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