The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired the help at center they needed via with a trade with their frequent partner the Anaheim Ducks. Coming to the Leafs are centerman Peter Holland and winger Brad Staubitz while defensive prospect Jesse Blacker and two draft picks are heading to Anaheim.
Holland was the Ducks first-round pick (15th overall) in 2009. After a good junior career with the OHL’s Guelph Storm, Holland had trouble breaking into the Ducks lineup. As he is more of an offensive center, the Ducks didn’t use him in bottom six roles.
In 29 NHL games, Holland has put up five goals and two assists for seven points. While that might not look to great, what he has accomplished in the AHL is pretty good. In 119 AHL games, he has scored 45 goals and added 60 assists for 105 points. If he can achieve close to that production eventually in the NHL, the Leafs have made a good pick-up.
Holland will debut with the Leafs tonight.
Staubitz gives the Leafs even more toughness as he is primarily a fighter. However, Leaf fans will have to wait to see it in action as he has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies.
It is sad to see Jesse Blacker go the other way, but he was lodged behind a lot of depth on the Marlies blueline and was a frequent healthy scratch. He should at least get a chance with the Ducks.
It will take a while to see who wins this trade, but it does give the Leafs the help at center they need.