Alexander Holtz will undoubtedly have his name called very early at the 2020 NHL draft. He may very well turn out to be the best natural goal scorer to come along since Alex Ovechkin. Last season Holtz scored 30 goals in 38 games with Djurgardens in the Swedish SuperElit league.
Date of Birth: January 23, 2002
Place of Birth: Saltsjo-Boo, Sweden
Position: RW / LW
Weight: 183 lbs
Draft Year: 2020
Skating ( B )
Holtz is a very proficient skater with decent mobility. His edge-work is above average as is his top-end speed. His skating mechanics are solid but there is room for improvement. Gaining more strength in his lower body will increase the power in his stride.
Hockey IQ ( A )
This is an area that has greatly improved over the years. More and more young prospects seem to be grasping a better understanding of all aspects of the game at an earlier age. The 2020 NHL draft class is no exception. Holtz is among the best in this category. His on ice vision is remarkable. He demonstrates the ability to find open ice and the competence to find teammates in prime scoring areas.
Shooting ( A+ )
For Holtz, this is his greatest strength. His release is world-class and that, coupled with deadly accuracy, it is no wonder that he is an elite goal scorer. He also had the ability to change the angle of his shots in a split second. He can beat goaltenders with a wide variety of shots, all of which are top-notch.
Size and physicality ( C+ )
Holtz isn’t a physical player by nature. He can, however, hold his own when it comes to puck battles. His work ethic is very good and I would expect to see an improvement in his physical play as he matures.
Defensive game ( C+ )
Although this aspect of his game is not one of his strengths, he is certainly not a defensive liability. Holtz works hard at getting back into position in his own zone. He relies more on anticipation to break up plays than he does on overall defensive awareness.
Puck protection and skills ( B+ )
Incredible offensive vision and awareness allow Holtz to maneuver freely in the offensive zone. He uses his body well to position the puck from defenders, thus permitting him the space to unleash his deadly shot.
Playmaking ( B+ )
Holtz is a shoot-first player, but as a result of this, passing lanes often open up allowing him to find unguarded line-mates. His passes are generally crisp and on target, creating excellent scoring opportunities.
The inevitable comparison, between Holtz and Lucas Raymond, will take place long after the completion of the 2020 NHL draft. It may be summed up by simply saying, that Raymond, has the more complete game, while Holtz is the goal scorer.
Rick Warman is a Vancouver Canucks and prospects contributor for Overtime Heroics. Follow him @statman1956 on Twitter
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