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RELEASE: Devils Sign 2020 First-Rounder Alexander Holtz

The three-year entry-level contract kicks in in 2021-22, and the forward also signed an Amateur Try-Out with Binghamton for the remainder of this season

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Alexander Holtz - the first of the club's three first-round picks and the seventh overall section in the 2020 NHL Draft - to a three-year, entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season. Holtz has also signed an AHL Amateur Try-Out Agreement (ATO) for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and will join Binghamton once he has finished his quarantine period. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Holtz recently finished his Swedish Hockey League season with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and four penalty minutes in 40 games for Djurgardens. The 6-foot, 195-pound winger added two goals and two assists in the clubs three playoff games, which tied for the team lead in scoring. Holtz spent his draft year with Djurgardens as a 17-year-old where he finished the year 10th in team scoring with 16 points (9G-7A). He also led all U18's in points in the entire Swedish Hockey League and his nine goals were tied for the third-most by an under-18 player in SHL history. In nearly 30 years of SHL play, only Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund have scored more in their U-18 years.

Born in Saltsjo-Boo, Sweden, Holtz represented his home country at the 2021 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal and two assists in five contests. In 2020, he was part of the Swedish team that won a Bronze Medal at the World Championship, and also captured gold in 2019 as part of the under-18 World Junior Championship team.

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