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07-13-2010, 12:01 AM
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Holland - Mind on Ducks

Cool read.. Seems like he has his mind in the right places.. Maybe he puts on a show and makes the big club during camp... But i think if thats the case we definitely go 3 scoring lines



http://ducks.ocregister.com/2010/07/...e-ducks/40541/


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It might be unremarkably titled as a conditioning camp that the Ducks just completed, but it is so much more for the young prospects who were out here last week.

Peter Holland is one of those who readily felt there was much more at stake.

“Any time you’re coming to Anaheim to show off your skills, it’s more than just a conditioning camp,” Holland said. ”If it was just a conditioning camp, you wouldn’t have the GMs here and you wouldn’t have all the scouts here. So they’re all watching very closely.

“It’s a competitive camp. Guys are trying to show what they can do. At the same time, we’re trying to have fun though.”

The club’s first pick in the 2009 draft, Holland had a different outlook this time around as he isn’t as wide-eyed as a year ago. This experience for him was about showing how far he has come since then.

“A year ago, I came into camp and I wanted to make a good impression,” he said. ”But at the same time, I had the mindset that I was going back to junior. This year, I’m itching to come to camp and I’m really itching to play here.

"From what I’ve seen here, Anaheim is such a great organization. It’s a great place to live. This year, I really have a totally different mindset of not wanting to go home.”

Heading back to the Guelph Storm for another Ontario Hockey League season would be a letdown in Holland’s mind after taking another step forward in his third junior campaign.

A slow start in 2009-10 seemed to raise the questions that he’s often faced but Holland rebounded in a big way as he had 30 goals and 49 assists to surpass his totals from the previous season — 28 goals, 39 assists – despite playing in nine fewer games.

And while the Storm went out in five games to the London Knights in the first round, Holland did his part as he had three goals and five assists. Five of those points (two goals, three assists) came in the Storm’s only win, a 5-4 triumph.

When he was taken 15th overall last summer, Holland was thought to have been selected higher than what many draft experts predicted because of concerns that he didn’t bring his game every night. Now he hopes that his rebuttal addressed those concerns, especially since he said that he was battling a shoulder injury in the first few weeks.

“I definitely feel like I’ve answered some of those questions,” he said. ”My consistency is always been a question that’s been raised. I know for myself, I’m always trying to dig deep and bring my game every night.

“Last year, I thought I had a really strong season. I thought I finished off really strong and had a good playoffs. Unfortunately, it was pretty short for us. it’s just being consistent on a night-to-night basis that’ll get me to the next level.”

The Ducks are no doubt taking a close look at Holland and charting his development but the Toronto native is used to having a lot of eyes fixed upon him on the ice.

“You have 100 scouts at your games in the Ontario Hockey League coming to watch you play so you’ve been under the spotlight ever since then,” Holland said. ”Even after that, you’ve got the spotlight of the NHL scouts coming to your games. And now that you’re draft by an NHL team, you have the organization there watching you.

“You just have to accept it. No matter how long you are in the league, the spotlight is always going to be on you. And they’re always going to be watching to make sure you’re the best player they can get. Because if there’s somebody better, they’re going to bump you out of the way.”

Holland signed a three-year entry level deal on April 2 but you won’t see him playing for the Syracuse Crunch if he doesn’t make the Ducks in training camp. Because he won’t turn 20 until Jan. 14, Holland isn’t eligible to play in the AHL.

The competition for spots at center is deep and formidable and Holland will have be invited to training camp first, though that would appear to be a mere formality. But if Guelph is his destination in September, Holland admits he’ll have to fight through some disappointment as he believes he has moved much closer to the NHL.

“I definitely do not think it’s unrealistic,” Holland said of his chances. “I wouldn’t have the mindset this year where I didn’t want to go home and be expecting to go back to junior. Obviously guys like Nick Bonino, who played nine games last year. Saku Koivu re-signed. Just the team that Anaheim has on paper is unbelievable.

“You just have to come with the mindset that you’re going to beat these guys out of a job. Obviously they’re not going to give it up to you. It’s a challenge but it’s a challenge I willfully accept.”

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Very nice.. Bobby Ryan type answers... still a young buck..he shouldn't put too much preasure on himself trying to make our powerhouse offense

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I like it. I wasn't crazy about the pick at the time, but it seems as if we won't have another Macmillan situation at least.

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Unless he blows everyone away at camp, there is no way he stays in Anaheim. The Ducks already have Getzlaf, Koivu, Marchant and Chipchurra playing center and it would not be good for Holland to come here and play 4th line minutes. He would be better served playing juniors.

That being said, if he is awesome in camp, I guess he could play on the 3rd line provided RC goes with 3 scoring lines. He probably wont do that though because he is so stubborn.

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Any player his age usually comes in with that attitude(most) nothing new

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Unless he blows everyone away at camp, there is no way he stays in Anaheim. The Ducks already have Getzlaf, Koivu, Marchant and Chipchurra playing center and it would not be good for Holland to come here and play 4th line minutes. He would be better served playing juniors.

That being said, if he is awesome in camp, I guess he could play on the 3rd line provided RC goes with 3 scoring lines. He probably wont do that though because he is so stubborn.
he did play 3 scoring line and it was a big time failure just as it will be again

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he did play 3 scoring line and it was a big time failure just as it will be again
If we have 3 actual scoring lines it might work better this time.

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If we have 3 actual scoring lines it might work better this time.
They will be total softies, complete failure by Murray

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on a side note.. holland on the 3rd line wouldn't be all that bad.. He's a 2 way forward and good penalty killer as well. if he makes the team i'm all for it.

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he did play 3 scoring line and it was a big time failure just as it will be again
Sorry Dirk I meant actual scoring lines. Not a scoring wing on the 3rd line with 2 grinders.

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If Lupul is gunna be on the 3rd line.. guess what its going to be a scoring line...



did I mention I like Lupul yet ? (I see him at the gym, cool dude)

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