After a stellar preseason that built up a whirlwind of hype, the time has come for New Jersey Devils’ prospect Alexander Holtz to show what he has at the highest level.
So far this season with the Utica Comets, the 7th overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft has been tearing up the American Hockey League. Holtz is leading the Comets in scoring this year with five points, all of which were goals, in four games.
Widely regarded as the best shooter from the 2020 draft class, Holtz’s ability to get the puck to the net is something that New Jersey is desperately missing. The Devils need a player who is not afraid to pull the trigger, especially on the power play, and Holtz has shown his willingness to shoot in his young professional career.
A roster spot was made available for Holtz when goaltender Scott Wedgewood was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Holtz has joined the team on their California road trip and could be making his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday Night.
When Holtz is inserted into the Devils’ lineup, expect him to get placed into a top six role immediately while also getting some time on the struggling Devils power play.