Here comes Alexander Holtz. The Swedish prospect has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils, which will kick in for the 2021-22 season. Holtz will also be joining the Binghamton Devils for the rest of the season on an amateur tryout once his quarantine procedures are completed.
If you’re a frustrated Devils fan that has watched the New Jersey forwards struggle to score all season, meet your new savior. The 19-year-old forward is a pure goal scorer who has one of the best shots in the world currently outside the NHL. He isn’t just a “grip it and rip it” attacker though; instead, he creates chances in multiple ways and at multiple angles, capitalizing on whatever weakness the defense shows.
In 40 games for Djurgardens this season, his second full year in the SHL, Holtz had seven goals and 18 points. He added another pair of goals and four points in three postseason games, showing a glimpse of what lies ahead for the seventh-overall draft pick.
There’s no doubt that North American hockey will be a challenge for Holtz, but he is just another young blue-chip prospect to add to the system in New Jersey. The team has very few long-term financial commitments and the youngest roster in the NHL at the moment. In fact, after trading away the likes of Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, the team doesn’t have a single forward on the roster over the age of 26. Holtz will be another piece of that group that the team hopes can grow together into a contender, and if there was anything it needed it was someone to consistently put the puck in the back of the net when some of the other skilled playmakers create space.