Leafs Acquire Peter Holland for Jesse Blacker (with other parts involved)

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Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri could return as early as the 21st, but the Leafs needed to add some center depth regardless with Dave Bolland on the shelf indefinitely and nothing available on the Marlies yet past Trevor Smith.

The ideal scenario was Dave Nonis, in the place of acquiring a Vernon Fiddler type, grabbing a young center with some upside, especially since the organization had given up on Joe Colborne after preseason. In Peter Holland, a former 15th overall pick in 2009, that’s exactly what he’s acquired. It’s hard not to be pleased considering the Leafs badly needed something in the way of skilled upside on the depth chart at center.

Peter Holland was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks alongside Brad Stabuitz in exchange for Jesse Blacker, a conditional third (if Holland plays more than 25 games this season, this becomes a second) and a 7th round pick.

Peter Holland has nine points in ten games for the Norfolk Admirals this season, and one goal in four games for the Ducks. He was drafted eight slots behind Nazem Kadri in the 2009 draft, while Jesse Blacker was drafted 43 picks later in the second round that draft.

Holland is also an acquisition Don Cherry can get behind, hailing from Caledon, Ontario, and was one of the Leafs fans on Twitter who jinxed the Leafs in Game 7.

In talking to Jimmy Hughes, Director of Player Development, over the summer, one of his answers to a query about defenceman Jesse Blacker struck us. While many were mentioning Blacker as in the mix for a 6 or 7 defence spot potentially, Hughes said he just wanted Blacker to take a step forward on the Marlies. Immediately one was left with the impression that he wasn’t progressing as some might have thought. He’s a kid with a lot of tools, but also some frustrating tendencies to his game. Hughes’ description that the organization would like to see Blacker learn the trade as a dependable “shutdown guy with a good first pass” was interesting; I can’t say for sure if this meant they wanted to see some of the offensive instincts in Blacker’s game reined in, but the feeling I was getting was that Blacker’s path to the NHL wasn’t all that clear as of yet. In the end, he was an expendable piece given the array of defensive prospects the Leafs have assembled in their pipeline.

First-Blush Verdict

This isn’t a deal either side can celebrate as a victory until we have a number of years to see where Blacker and Holland go with their respective careers. The other angle to consider when assessing this trade as months and years go by is whether or not the Leafs were better off keeping Colborne than giving up these assets for Holland. Obviously the Ducks aren’t thrilled with Holland’s progress to have moved him for what they have. We can, however, be pleased that Nonis addressed a pretty glaring need by adding a 22 year old center with upside and good size to boot.

It’s not clear on why Brad Staubitz was packaged alongisde Holland in this deal – likely because Anaheim was looking to dump the salary – but he will be Marlie bound. In 230 career NHL games with San Jose, Minnesota, Montreal and Anaheim, the six-foot-one, 207-pound native of Bright’s Grove, Ont., has 10 goals, 11 assists and 520 penalty minutes. Taking on any deal below the $925,000 threshold doesn’t matter much to the Leafs.

Holland is expected to center either the top line or the second line with Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson tonight. Carlyle will already be familiar with him as a prospect in the Anaheim system for a year and a half before Carlyle was fired. Just as we were preparing for another ugly, likely boring and low-scoring game against the Sabres, we’ve now got some intrigue.

Holland’s first career NHL goal from a few years back:

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  • weirdalyankadick

    TheCanucksnaphook he wont he sucks.

  • lieffan

    Interesting stuff re Blacker, Alec. He’s a riverboat gambler from what I’ve seen so Hughes wanting him to be a “shutdown guy” seems like there was some concern about his ability to become the defenceman they think he needs to be to take the next step.

  • weirdalyankadick

    TheCanucksnaphook weirdalyankadick Im kidding man just trying to fit in here lol, Im kinda sad to see the kid go as well i had high hopes for him and wish him the best.

  • KenBreadner

    If Holland turns into anything other than a stopgap this has to be seen as a huge win for Nonis. Even if he’s a decent stopgap I’d say the Leafs win this trade simply because they address a glaring need without giving much up at all.  I used to be high on Blacker–remember him ordering Kaberle around?–but his development seriously stalled.

  • weirdalyankadick

    KenBreadner I thinks its hard to say who wins and who loses when niether kid has even played for there new teams dont you think?

  • Ryan

    KenBreadner 
    It could be a fact that his style didn’t mesh well the system  the leafs were using.

  • Ryan

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    The team isn’t in shambles. It’s that we are weak down the middle.

  • weirdalyankadick

    This isnt even about winning a trade or fleecing another team in a deal , its about winning games and making our team better, so i hope Holland plays well here and i hope Blacker does well in Ana too.

  • Ryan

    http://twitter.com/DamoSpinRT @http://twitter.com/JBlacker91: I would like to thank everyone in the @http://twitter.com/TorontoMarlies and @http://twitter.com/MapleLeafs organization for everything or the past years

  • Ryan

    http://twitter.com/simmonssteveP Holland played minor hockey with Brampton Battalion and was the 11th pick in OHL Draft in 07. O’Reilly, THall, Duchene all picked bfor him

  • KenBreadner

    weirdalyankadick KenBreadner That’s why I said ‘if’. We need a natural center with some kind of talent. To get one, assuming Holland is one, with a piece we weren’t even using, at a time when every GM in the league knows our center woes…it would be impressive.

  • weirdalyankadick

    @Ryan Give them hell Jesse to bad it didnt work for you here but all the best.

  • Ryan

    Peter Holland in 256 games played in the OHL had 258 points. 103 goals 155 assists and 170 PIMS

  • WendelGilmour

    Yikes. It’s actually pretty easy not to like this deal if you’ve seen Holland play.

  • weirdalyankadick

    I have to admit i dont know much about Holland. Does he play with grit?

  • WendelGilmour

    TheCanucksnaphook WendelGilmour Lazy. Saw him many times with the Storm. No compete.

  • WendelGilmour

    weirdalyankadick NO.

  • Bring the Cup Home

    hmmmm…….did we just get joe colborne back?  

    hindsight is 20/20 obviously but we might as well of just kept joe.  anyways, i like this move.  addresses an immediate need and hopefully holland can slide in the lineup and play a decent game until bolland is back.  and who knows……maybe he develops into an NHL-er which would be awesome.  not holding my breath, but definitely a much needed depth addition down the middle.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    I am ok with the Holland – Blacker trade. I hate losing Blacker but you gotta give quality to get quality.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Bring the Cup Home obviously it would have been nice to keep him. But what’s done is done. Over

  • weirdalyankadick

    WendelGilmour weirdalyankadick He cant be that bad c,mon you dont put up numbers like that in the ohl if your completly lazy?

  • WendelGilmour

    weirdalyankadick WendelGilmour That’s the annoying part. He has some skill, but be prepared to be frustrated with this guy.

  • weirdalyankadick

    WendelGilmour weirdalyankadick Shit

  • Bring the Cup Home

    according to this site, we just picked up our top Center prospect in the organization…..so that’s nice.

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/teams/toronto_maple_leafs/

    they have some nice things to say about his game this year.  with our injuries, he should get a chance to play on a scoring line (at least until bozak is back) so maybe he’ll be motivated and the timing is just right for him to bump his game to another level.  should be interesting to watch anyways.

  • Black_Hawk

    I am very please by this deal

  • WendelGilmour

    weirdalyankadick WendelGilmour Hopefully he’s matured, and I’m ok with the trade because Jesse seemed to have fallen out of favour.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    WendelGilmour Obviously the Ducks aren’t thrilled with his progress to deal him for what they have, but it’s the right deal in terms of organizational need.

  • Black_Hawk

    Alec Brownscombe WendelGilmour yeah we needed a center and hopefully RC can mold Holland into a better player. Gotta think RC has some insight on the kid coming from ANA

  • weirdalyankadick

    WendelGilmour weirdalyankadick Ya maybe playing in his hometown as well helps out.

  • Ryan

    Alec Brownscombe WendelGilmour 
    has to be better then what they have been icing

  • WendelGilmour

    Alec Brownscombe WendelGilmour Yeah, I agree. I do hope he’s matured and comes around.

  • WendelGilmour

    weirdalyankadick WendelGilmour Maybe, it would be great if this gave him a jolt.

  • Ryan

    WendelGilmour weirdalyankadick 
    Hard to be noticed playing with the ducks when your never gonna crack their line up

  • WendelGilmour

    @Ryan Alec Brownscombe WendelGilmour He can be if he has improved his intensity.

  • dutchman27

    how can you not like picking up a guy named after the second greatest country in the world.

  • Black_Hawk

    Sucks if we lose a 2nd for him but very likely we dont since kadri and bozie should be back too. In terms of giving up Blacker, we got a lot of D depth and no C depth in our prospect pool so this was a good play giving up some D for C potential

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Black_Hawk  
    bolland will most likely be gone for more than 25 games though so he could very well end up playing more than 25 for us.

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk yeah but we still got McC and Smithson when Kadri and Bozak come back

  • WendelGilmour

    TheCanucksnaphook Elliotte is usually pretty reasonable. Did he say something to piss you off?

  • Black_Hawk

    Holland is coming home too so might have some more juice to play for his home town team

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Black_Hawk Bring the Cup Home  
    good point.  he’ll have to be playing real well to hit that 25 game mark, and if he is, it’ll be worth the bump from 3rd to 2nd.

  • WendelGilmour

    TheCanucksnaphook WendelGilmour Haha, that would do it.

  • weirdalyankadick

    Is Holland gonna make it in time from Ana to play tonight guys?

  • Bring the Cup Home

    Black_Hawk  
    otherwise he goes down and joins the marlies and helps out down there.  then replaces smithson in our lineup next season perhaps.  holland is near a point-a-game guy in the AHL and the ducks have said they saw him as an offensive top 6 guy so they wanted him to develop in that role in the AHL rather than as a 4th liner in the NHL.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk yeah I don’t like losing the 2nd but it will likely happen.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Open letter to the Sherif
    John Scott – deal with him
    yours sincerely
    The Leaf fans

  • Black_Hawk

    weirdalyankadick yeah

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk my thinking exactly

  • Alec Brownscombe

    The other angle to consider when assessing this trade as months and years go by is whether or not the Leafs were better off keeping Colborne than giving up these assets for Holland

  • Black_Hawk

    Bring the Cup Home Black_Hawk yeah only still 22 yrs old, can develop a lot still