Throughout his seven-day quarantine in New Jersey, Holtz doesn’t plan on doing a lot else.
Holtz is at the moment sequestered at a lodge, serving his mandated one-week journey quarantine after signing his entry level contract with the Devils on Monday. Holtz arrived in the USA on Saturday, so he’ll be eligible to skate with the Binghamton Devils as early as Saturday, April 24.
The seventh overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft will play out the season within the AHL, getting a fast style of North American hockey earlier than beginning his preparations to make a push for the NHL roster subsequent season, when his contract formally begins.
“It means so much. After all it’s smaller ice right here, so I feel that helps my recreation extra,” Holtz mentioned. “As a result of I’m a shooter, and also you’re getting extra capturing spots right here on the smaller ice. It’s a pleasant alternative I get to play some video games right here earlier than transferring on to subsequent season.”
Holtz completed his season in Sweden with seven objectives and 18 factors in 40 video games, with the vast majority of that manufacturing coming early within the season. He didn’t see the ice as a lot as soon as the calendar flipped to 2021, however he did put up two objectives and two assists in three playoff video games earlier than his staff, Djurgardens IF, was eradicated.
When the Devils selected Holtz last October, he was touted as among the finest shooters within the draft class. On prime of engaged on his already glorious shot, he used his post-draft season to enhance on different areas addressed by the Devils.
“I feel I’ve developed so much this 12 months. I had 12 months earlier than World Juniors. I performed so much with my staff,” Holtz mentioned. “Then after I acquired again, I didn’t play that a lot, however I feel I developed so much. I’m feeling stronger, I’m feeling sooner and so forth. I feel my shot is even higher, so perhaps I haven’t been capable of present that, however I feel I feel I developed so much, and I’m feeling that I’m a a lot better participant proper now.”
Whereas Holtz received’t contact the NHL ice within the closing three weeks of the Devils’ season, he’ll get the prospect to make an early impression on head coach Lindy Ruff. Since Binghamton has performed all of its house video games in Newark this season, Ruff has attended each one the place the NHL schedule didn’t battle.
Ruff will now get an early glimpse at what Holtz can convey at a brand new degree of hockey.
“It’s an important stepping stone to the NHL, to play in a league that’s extremely aggressive and get enjoying time right here in North America,” Ruff mentioned. “Simply get a really feel for the kind of recreation that we play.”
Binghamton’s season is scheduled to finish on Could 16, and at most, Holtz may get 11 video games earlier than heading into the offseason. His predominant precedence is get acclimated with how the Devils run issues throughout the group.
“It was a time in the past since we went out within the playoffs in Sweden,” Holtz mentioned. “So going again on ice, assembly all of the workers, assembly the blokes after all. Will probably be plenty of enjoyable after I get out of (quarantine).”
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