Alexander Holtz Prospect Scouting Report
2018-19 Team: Djurgardens IF J20 – Super Elite (#18)
Date of Birth: January 23, 2002
Place of Birth: Saltsjo-Boo, Sweden
Ht: 6’0”/182cm Wt:183/83 lbs/kg
Projected Draft Position: #5
From what I have seen of Alexander Holtz, I think it would be safe to say he is one of the most promising goal scorers to ever come out of Sweden. Alexander Holtz holds the record for all-time points for a U17 in a single J20 SuperElit season at 47 points, which included 30 goals. Alexander played football, basketball, golf and tennis as a kid but preferred hockey, and we are glad he did. He grew up just a couple blocks from the local rink, says he spent most of his spare time there.
Alexander Holtz has a very deceptive shot and he uses it all over the ice. Can score from in tight or the slot. Has been known to score from the red line. Alexander has an incredible release which is very hard for goalies to pick up and he often fools them. He will shoot in traffic even if he can’t see the net, the net acts like a magnet with his shots. Has very good offensive instincts and creates space easily to get open for one timers. If he is used properly on the PP he is a very lethal weapon with his right shot. One on one against the goaltender usually ends up in his favour.
Skating & Playmaking
Alexander Holtz is a better than average skater. Has a very good first couple steps and uses his edges well. Could develop more power in his step but that will come with strength conditioning on and off the ice. He has excellent vision on the ice and he likes to carry the puck up ice. He doesn’t drive the line he plays on but he is more than a complementary player because of his goal scoring prowess.
Holtz is not an overly physical player but I haven’t seen him shy away from any body contact. He will through his weight around to gain possession along the boards or in front of the net. Protects the puck very well when going to the net. Alex plays all three zones efficiently and will get back on the backcheck when called upon.
I found Alex doesn’t always bring his A game to the rink. If he can get more consistent he will be a very good NHL player. I just can’t believe how deceptive this kid is with his shot. Absolutely a pure goal scorer if there ever was one. Alexander likes to win and is always trying to improve his game according to coaches.
In short I expect Alexander Holtz to be picked with the 7th pick in the NHL draft.