Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils right wing Nick Lappin (36) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils right wing Nick Lappin (36) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

7. Nick Holden 

As a five-year NHL veteran, Nick Holden came to the Rangers in an offseason trade with the Colorado Avalanche during the NHL Draft. Recent reports have come out stating that Holden was a favorite amongst former coach Patrick Roy, and it looks like he’s viewed in the same stance with Alain Vigneault.

He hasn’t passed the eye test just yet.

For the majority of the early season, Holden has been receiving top pair minutes while playing alongside captain Ryan McDonagh. The 29-year old fits the mold of Dan Girardi, someone has shown flashes of dominance in his own zone but provides little else.

That’s why fans are so disappointed. Gaining playing time ahead of Adam Clendening (we’ll get to him in a bit), Holden has been sub-par on defense while providing little on offense. Thus far, he hasn’t impressed.

Grade: C


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Besides writing for Elite Sports New York as Managing Editor, Dan Federico a Featured Writer for Bleacher Report and an Editor and Contributor for The Sportster. Based just outside of New York City, Dan is an avid fan of all things New York sports and professional wrestling. Dan Federico is a senior writer for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter or contact him via email.