The Anaheim Ducks should have no problem being one of the top teams in the Western Conference once the 2013-14 season gets underway, as they have two talented netminders and a talented group of forwards returning. The next season could be one of transition for the Ducks, as more young players are inserted into the lineup and veteran players see smaller roles or see their careers end. One player in line for more time next season is Peter Holland, a young center who was impressive in 21 games with the Ducks during the 2013 season.
Holland was the Ducks’ first round pick in the 2009 draft, and at 22 years old has yet to tap his full potential. He scored three goals and had five points in his time with the Ducks this season, and if Saku Koivu retires he is definitely in line for an increased role next season. As an AHL rookie with the Syracuse Crunch last season, Holland scored 23 goals and had 60 points in 71 games, while also scoring his first NHL goal in a four-game call-up with the Ducks. This season he had 19 goals and 39 points in 45 games for the Norfolk Admirals (AHL), before getting a chance to head to Anaheim.
The Ducks have a lot of money tied up in Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry up front, which will only increase their need to see a contribution from cheaper, talented players like Holland. With one year left on his entry-level deal, Holland will be out to impress and that should also work out in the Ducks’ favor.