Apr 5, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Peter Holland (24) reacts after scoring against the Ottawa Senators in the overtime shootout at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Ottawa 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Is this the time for Holland to finally break out and show that he is a capable number two centre in the NHL? He was always stuck behind Kadri and Bozak, but that could change with a new coach.
Babcock is a coach who does not care what a player is getting paid. If someone else earns the ice-time, he will get it.
Holland has proven that he can contribute in the AHL, but has not yet found the consistency at the NHL level. He started to improve his game at the end of the season, while some of the Leafs top players were struggling.
Hopefully that momentum can carry into this season, where nothing is set in stone with the lineup. The only thing that can derail that momentum is any injuries.
An injury can set a player back and at that point they may become unreliable. So for Holland, setting a tone early in camp will be important for him, to leave a positive impression on the coaching staff.
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