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Picking Alexander Holtz At #4

07/16/2020 at 9:08am EDT

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

In Alexander Holtz’s first season with the Djurgårdens IF hockey organization in Sweden, he could not be stopped.

Fourteen goals in five games in the U16 SM league. Twenty-three in 17 in the J18 Elit. Eighteen in 13 in the J18 Allsvenskan. Even in the SuperElit, a U20 league, Holtz scored four goals (and added four assists) in 11 games. This was the 2017-18 season, and Holtz didn’t turn 16 until midway through the campaign.

“He had that ability to just score, from anywhere,” Djurgårdens general manager Joakim Eriksson said recently. “Score — percentage-wise, of the chances he created — on a much, much higher level than all the others.”

That, in a nutshell, is Holtz, one of the very best goal-scorers available in this fall’s NHL Draft.

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