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12-15-2009, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by zecke26 View Post
i don't think so. he finally started to play more offensively, getting time on PP as well. he will never be an offensive threat, but i think he can develop into a 2way defender. his offensive skills aren't that bad. solid shot and he's able to use his stick for more than just cross-checking.
As I said I haven't seen him play recently. I would be delighted to see him becoming more engaged offensively, but as you said he will not become a big scorer.


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agreed, but holzer is better suited for NA hockey than most germans simply because he's gritty. he good at cleaning the crease and using his body to defend. that's sort of a basic skill you need to have in order to survive overseas. and that is what he can build on. i think he took many steps forward this season and should try the AHL next season.



with ehrhoff, seidenberg, sulzer, schubert, dietrich overseas and butenschon, schmidt as reliable Ds with NA experience, i don't think holzer is even close to make the team. even reiss should be ahead, maybe moritz mueller and osterloh too.
holzer is pretty new to the national team and his lack of experience will likely be what keeps him out of the olympics. but for the WC in germany he should be with the team.
I think Holzer has a good chance to be at least taken into consideration when Uwe Krupp has to decide in his defensive squad. I would personally prefer him to some of the players you mentioned. I know he lacks experience but he can add more value to the team than e.g. Butenschön.

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