Patrick Holland - Tri-City Americans

It was a name at the end of multi-faceted trade.  The Canadiens sent Michael Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames in return for Rene Bourque.  Also going to Calgary were the rights to KHL goaltender Karri Ramo and the Canadiens 5th round 2012 draft pick.  In return, along with Bourque the Canadiens got Calgary’s second round pick in 2013 and Patrick Holland.

Patrick who?

Turns out Holland is one of those late developers.   He was a 7th round- 193rd overall afterthought in the 2010 draft after scoring 36 points in 59 games at Tri-City of the WHL.   The next year he scored 62 points and this year he’s at 101 points in 66 games, sixth in the league scoring race with a WHL-leading 77 assists.

Pierre Gauthier deserves some credit here.  In return for Cammalleri, he took 2.7 million dollars off his salary cap, got a second round draft pick from what will be the 2013 bumper draft crop and what seems to be a solid asset in Holland.  Today Gauthier signed Holland to a three year contract.  He’ll be headed for Hamilton next season.

This from Kevin Predergast, Team Canada head scout, after watching Holland at their junior camp last summer:

“I just like everything (Holland) does.  He plays well at both ends of the ice. He’s an excellent skater. He’s a smart hockey player. He’s one of those players we’re looking at as a bottom-six forward kind of thing.  He can kill penalties. If need be, he skates well enough that he can play in the top-six.”

Holland is the fifth junior aged player to sign three year entry level contracts by the Canadiens effective next season.  Defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who is playing for the London Knights and Vancouver Giants forward Brendan Gallagher signed in November, Shawinigan Cataractes forward Michael Bournival in December and another defenceman, Morgan Ellis, also with Shawinigan,  signed last week.  All will be joining Hamilton next season.

From the Canadiens Publicity Department

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Wednesday night the signing of forward Patrick Holland to a three-year contract (2012-13 to 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In 66 games with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, Holland ranks sixth in the league and third on the Americans with 101 points (24 goals and 77 assists). He ranks first in the WHL in assists (77) and tied for second in the league in shorthanded assists (5). The 6’00’’ and 175 lbs right winger displays a +37 plus/minus differential and served 44 penalty minutes.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Holland, 20, has recorded 199 points (62 goals and 137 assists) in 197 games since his junior debut with Tri-City in 2008-09. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round, 193rd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Holland was acquired from the Flames last January 12 with Rene Bourque and a second round draft pick in 2013, in return for Michael Cammalleri, Karri Ramo and a fifth round draft pick in 2012.