The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jesse Blacker of the Marlies and two draft picks , a third round pick in 2014, which could become a second rounder if certain conditions are met, and Anaheim’s 2014 seventh round pick (which the Leafs had from the David Steckel trade).
Holland, a 22-year-old from Caledon, Ont., is a former first-round pick and was considered one of Anaheim’s top young prospects. He will likely is play on one of the Leafs top two lines on Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre, providing some much needed depth down the middle for the Leafs who are still without Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, and Dave Bolland.
Holland has played in 10 games with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Norfork Admirals, where he managed a team leading nine points (five goals, four assists). In 29 career NHL games he has earned five goals, two assists and eight minutes in penalties.
The Leafs lose Jesse Blacker in the deal, who was once considered a promising project for the Marlies. He seemingly fell out of favour this season, appearing in just five games, scoring one goal and managing four penalty minutes. Blacker was selected 58th overall by the Leafs in the 2009 NHL Entry draft.