Jul. 15, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Elias26</b></div><div>good stuff
When it comes to Holtz I think his skating has become adequate, besides his great shot he also has underrated playmaking ability but
he just looks absolutely lost when he is in his own zone and cant seem to win a boardbattle in the offensive zone.
Thats why I would not agree on him having good hockey IQ, because thats what seems to me is what is keeping him out of the lineup..</div></div>
Holtz just looks really uncomfortable in Ruff's system. When Ruff talks about his "speed", I think he's more referring to him slowing down play with his slow decision making and such, rather than his literal foot speed. He seems about as fast as guys like Haula and Tatar who Ruff loves, but they play well in his system.
As for the prospect rankings, I'd put Clarke in B and move Gritsyuk down to B. Gritsyuk may be one of the better forwards in the pool, but him likely re-signing in the KHL for another season or two probably makes him a bit of a long-shot to play NHL games.
Casey is a real boom-or-bust for me. 5'9" defencemen that plays like a Rover is a fun player to watch and was definitely worth the pick at #46, but it's going to be a hard game to make work in the NHL. Also, that game he played as the 1C was against a bunch of highschoolers in an exhibition game, not really anything relevant.