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05-27-2010, 11:59 AM
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Holzer officially signs

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news....id=DL|TOR|home

rian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that defenceman Korbinian Holzer has signed a two-year entry level contract. Holzer was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 111th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Holzer, a 22-year-old native of Munich, Germany, played 52 games for the DEG Metro Stars of the German Elite League (DEL) in 2009-10 collecting six goals, 16 assists and 22 points along with 96 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Metro Stars in plus/minus with a plus-12 rating.

The 6-3, 205-pound defenceman represented Germany at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver where he played in four games and had two penalty minutes. He also participated at the 2010 World Hockey Championships held in Germany. In eight games he earned a plus-one rating and registered a team leading 22 penalty minutes for the Germans.

Over his career he has played for Germany at numerous international championships, including the World Junior Championships in 2007.

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Good to hear!

We all knew it was coming, but it's nice to be official.
I've been waiting for this kid to come over for a while now and show us what he's got. Hope he can adjust to the smaller ice, but his style of play is more suited for it anyways.

He should be a nice piece for the Marlies, and might be one of the first call-ups for injury!

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I can see him as the Leafs 6th D man next year if Kaberle gets traded and Finger sent down.

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Good news. I'm sure he'll compete for the last spot in camp.

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Sad to say I really have no clue what kind of player Holzer is or what his ceiling is. I've seen glimpses of him in WC's and the Olympics, but never enough to get a real idea.

Any help?

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05-27-2010, 12:46 PM
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So the Marlies next year might look like:

Gysbers 23
Blacker 19 - nvm he plays for Owen Sound next year
Aulie 20
Holzer 22
Mikus 21
Oreskovic 23 - an RFA that I expect will be re-signed

Not to mention:

Reimer 22
Rynnas 23
Scrivens 23

Very nice. We still need more skilled forward depth but our farm team is no longer a haven for AHL journeymen.


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good news for sure!

any word onthe status of Jerome Flaake?

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I don't think he's capable to play on NHL level next season but he developed very strong in the second half of this season ending with a perfect performance at the WC's.

He needs to adjust to the smaller ice rink, improve his hitting and get a better slap shot. Then he will be ready for an NHL spot.

You Leafs/Marlies fans are going to see some fights from him. He's always willing, fought twice last season (vs. Peter Flache and Eric Meloche) and earned a lot of roughings.

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good news for sure!

any word onthe status of Jerome Flaake?
Flaake signed with DEL-club Hamburg Freezers and will play there next season. His last season wasn't very productive as he didn't develop. Hopefully he will play a bigger role in Hamburg than he did in Cologne.

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I don't think he's capable to play on NHL level next season but he developed very strong in the second half of this season ending with a perfect performance at the WC's.

He needs to adjust to the smaller ice rink, improve his hitting and get a better slap shot. Then he will be ready for an NHL spot.

You Leafs/Marlies fans are going to see some fights from him. He's always willing, fought twice last season (vs. Peter Flache and Eric Meloche) and earned a lot of roughings.
I think he's AHL bound too.

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I've been waiting for this for a long time now!

Ever since Gunnarsson's emergence, I've been waiting for Holzer!

Gunnarsson's last season in the SEL:
56GP, 6G, 16P, 26 PIM

Holzer this season in the DEL:
52GP, 6G, 22P, 96 PIM

I'm not great at player comparisons... so I'm not going to try... but I think that Holzer could be a good cross between two young guys in Gunnarsson and Hjalmarrsson.

He plays a solid two way game... he's smart with the puck, he has good positioning from what i've seen... and a times he can be physical.

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I agree with the AHL comments... but I believe that once Holzer is NHL ready, Beauchemin will be gone... and when Aulie is NHL ready, there is a chance that we could say goodbye to Komisarek too.

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I have a feeling Holzer is going to need quite a bit of AHL seasoning as he needs to bulk up and work on his hockey sense a little bit more, not too mention the transition from Europe to NA. However, he's got a good frame and his style seems like it will translate well. Hopefully some AHL seasoning will get a good #5 or #6 NHL D out of him.

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JFJ was the worst GM in Leafs history; but at least he drafted some pretty good players. Tuuka Rask, Viktor Stalberg, Anton Stralman, Carl Gunnarson, Chris DiDomenico, Dale Mitchell and Holzer are all pretty good selections considering that aside from Rask, every one of these players is 3rd round or lower.

That said, its like some of these players JFJ drafted have become a crucial part of our re-tooling. Infact...they're like an "X" factor. Some of them will be key components moving forward..and other teams and other teams fans have no clue about this.

This is shaping up very nicely...

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nice to see another big blueliner with a bit of sandpaper.this guy seems to be a Burke type player,thus the signing.

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I have a feeling Holzer is going to need quite a bit of AHL seasoning as he needs to bulk up and work on his hockey sense a little bit more, not too mention the transition from Europe to NA. However, he's got a good frame and his style seems like it will translate well. Hopefully some AHL seasoning will get a good #5 or #6 NHL D out of him.
Holzer is a pretty big guy already, bulking up isn't that necessary.

Krupp said that he has to play more physically in the smaller rinks but it is something he is capable of.

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I assume this was mentioned at some point in a different thread,
but kulemin killed him a couple of games ago

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So the Marlies next year might look like:

Gysbers 23
Blacker 19
Aulie 20
Holzer 22
Mikus 21
Oreskovic 23 - an RFA that I expect will be re-signed

Not to mention:

Reimer 22
Rynnas 23
Scrivens 23

Very nice. We still need more skilled forward depth but our farm team is no longer a haven for AHL journeymen.
Blacker cannot play for the Marlies. He will be in the OHL

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Blacker cannot play for the Marlies. He will be in the OHL
Really? He already played 6 games for them this year. That's weird.

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It was on an amateur try-out, and after his ohl team was eliminated.

He looked good though.

But the original point is correct, he needs to play for the Storm or the Leafs. no AHL for him next season.

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It was on an amateur try-out, and after his ohl team was eliminated.

He looked good though.

But the original point is correct, he needs to play for the Storm or the Leafs. no AHL for him next season.
Can anyone explain why that rule is in place?

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Really? He already played 6 games for them this year. That's weird.
Same thing with Paradis too, I think.

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Can anyone explain why that rule is in place?
To protect junior teams from losing their players.

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So the Marlies next year might look like:

Gysbers 23
Blacker 19
Aulie 20
Holzer 22
Mikus 21
Oreskovic 23 - an RFA that I expect will be re-signed
I like this a lot, got a good group of cheap young guys that can easily fill in on the bottom pairing, very key in the cap world. I think Finger might be a good extra here.

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Can anyone explain why that rule is in place?
It's their so the CHL doesn't get drained of there best players.

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It's their so the CHL doesn't get drained of there best players.
The CHL is a developmental league, by the time most kids are drafted, they've already been in the CHL for a couple of years... Wouldn't it be in their (players) best interest to have them playing at the highest level possible?

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