28-Year-Old Defenseman – Anaheim Ducks
Korbinian Holzer Contract Information:
Signed a one-year (one way), $700,000 contract with the Ducks in July of 2016.
Holzer will replace injured defenseman Clayton Stoner (lower body) against the Devils on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Holzer will be in tough to win the seventh spot on the Leafs blue line this season. He'll compete with Petter Granberg for that gig and may have the inside edge given his four years of AHL experience. He's 26 and a UFA at season's end, so he'll be eager to prove himself NHL-worthy, either for the Leafs or another squad. His contributions will be greater on the ice than in the fantasy arena.
Holzer is the strong, silent and steady type, who won't impress you with his offense or frustrate you with defensive gaffes. He's the kind of guy who'll go unnoticed for most of the season, but most teams cannot live without. His time in 2013-14 will be spent with the Marlies, though, unless injuries strike.
Holzer and Mark Fraser formed one of the most impressive shut-down D pairs in the AHL last season, leading the Marlies to the Calder Cup Finals. Holzer is 6-3 and 205, a good skater and sees the ice well, and he plays with a bit of an edge. His development this year made Luke Schenn expendable and he could find himself with the big club coming out of camp. There's no pressure, though -- the Leafs won't rush him. But he's ready. Just don't count on him for fantasy goodness -- he'll be better on the ice than in the fantasy arena.
Holzer is talented enough, we suppose. But the Leafs blue line is fairly cluttered and another season (or two) in the AHL are likely in order for this muscled German. We do like his mean streak but we really need to see more before we jump to any judgment on this future.
Holzer is a 22-year-old defender from Germany whose offensive production took a big leap last season with the DEG Metro Stars (Dusseldorf). Couple that with an abrasive streak and this 6-3 defender could some day earn a job on the Buds' bottom pairing. It just won't come any time soon.