Former Maple Leafs Center Trying To Make NHL Return

It appears as though 32-year-old Peter Holland is trying to make a return to the NHL after his career in Russia is over. This former 15th overall pick spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Toronto Maple Leafs. There were high expectations for him when he was drafted in 2009, and while he was a very strong AHL player, the production just didn't transfer over to the NHL.

His career started with the Anaheim Ducks who drafted him before being dealt to the Maple Leafs. He played 174 games with Toronto, scoring 25 goals and 63 points, but could only amount to a bottom-six player. He played for four franchises including the Ducks, Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, and New York Rangers.

Once he went to the KHL for the 2019-20 season, his offense shined through once again. Darren Dreger reported that Holland is currently training with Gary Roberts and is hoping for an NHL tryout. Roberts is legitimate and has trained many of the best players in the NHL. Depth was definitely a problem for some teams this season, so giving Holland a shot on a tryout and potentially signing him to a league-minimum deal for one season could be beneficial. He has experience and has gone through a lot of adversity to get to where he is, training hard for an NHL comeback.

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