According to our own Clayton Hansler, the Maple Leafs have signed defensive prospect Korbinian Holzer to a 2 year, entry level contract worth $595,000 a season. For those wondering why it wasn’t a standard 3Â year ELC, Holzer turned 22 in February, thus making him only eligible to receive a 2 year ELC. It’s been speculated for days that this would happen shortly after the World Hockey Championships, and now it’s official.
Holzer is a 6’3 190 lb defenseman, drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 draft by the Maple Leafs (yes, another Fergson pick), who has spent the last 3 years in the DEL. Holzer had a breakout campaign in ’09-’10, recording 22 points in 52 games, earning himself a spot on the German national team at the World Hockey Championships. Korbinian impressed a lot of people with his play on the German team, displaying plenty of poise with the puck and a safe, well-rounded defensive game. Considering his age and polished set of skills, there is a decent chance Holzer could make the team out of camp this fall. For more on Holzer, feel free to refer to Garrett’s excellent prospect review.