Special to AnaheimDucks.comPeter Holland
, Anaheim's first round pick in 2009, is listed as the fourth-best prospect in the club's system by The Hockey News.
In his write-up it says, “Even though he plays for a so-so Guelph squad, Holland, great on both special teams, has finally displayed a level of consistency that had escaped him in previous seasons.”
He and his Guelph Storm teammates finished in seventh place during the regular season to earn a first round playoff series with second place Saginaw.
The 6-2, 198-pound center got off to a torrid start this season with 15 goals over the first two months and averaged a point per game for the second consecutive OHL season with career highs of 37 goals and 51 assists in 67 regular season games. He has added six more points over his first three postseason contests this season. His 88 points tied for tenth in the league in scoring.
“Any season you are going to have your ups and downs and looking to top what you did the previous season, especially since you’re a year older and playing in the same league against kids who are a year younger,” Holland said. "I feel like I’m playing some of my best hockey. I’m pretty happy with my game.”
The Toronto native wears number 13 for the Storm to salute his favorite player growing up, Mats Sundin. He is looking to become just the fifth Duck to wear lucky 13 following Ted Drury, German Titov, Mark Hartigan and Mike Brown.
“When I was growing up I was a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan and I really liked Mats Sundin. Holland said. Playing with Brampton in minor hockey we couldn’t have any number higher than 20 or 21, so 13 seemed to fit.”
In addition to being an NHL first round selection, he was Guelph’s first round choice in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection (11th overall), but has learned to live with the pressure that a high selection brings.
“I think you’re always feeling some pressure especially being a first year player in the league and being an (OHL) first rounder, you’re trying to step up and prove they made a good draft pick," Holland said. “There is always going to be a challenge there and always going to be pressure trying to make it to the next level but that’s part of the game."