As they prepare to head into the offseason, the Anaheim Ducks aren’t in a position where they need to make a bunch of moves in order to improve their roster. The main thing they’ll be relying on will be on some of their younger players to step into increased roles next year.
We already know who some of those players will be. Emerson Etem is one. Devante Smith-Pelly is a guy capable of logging bigger minutes for the club next year. Perhaps Nick Bonino as well. One player who needs to step up for Anaheim, or could very well be on his way out, is Peter Holland.
Holland has the skill set to be a very successful player for the Ducks. But to this point, he’s been unable to put it together. In fact, he hasn’t been able to put anything together, which has led to very little time with the Ducks. In 2013, he appeared in only 21 games, finishing with five points. Not exactly what you’d expect from a former 15th overall pick.
At 6’2″ and a touch under 200 pounds, Holland is a decent frame in the middle. He has a good shot and underrated playmaking abilities. But that hasn’t translated into any sort of success for him yet. If the Ducks thought he was capable of adding anything to the mix, he and his five points and poor faceoff percentage would have seen at least a second of time in the postseason, which he did not.
Next year represents Holland’s last chance with the Ducks. His entry level deal, which pays him seven figures, expires. If he doesn’t start to find some consistency on the stat sheet, and at the faceoff dot for that matter, the Ducks could very well decide he’s not worth keeping around and cut him loose in the summer of 2014.