In 37 games this season, Nick Holden has 6 goals and 12 assists with a plus 14 rating, 10 PIM, 70 hits, 40 blocked shots, 14 takeaways, 28 giveaways and an average of 20:01 per game.
Holden scored twice on Tuesday against the Senators and Alain Vigneault praised him for not only scoring but for his compete level and how he battled.
Vigneault said that shortly after Holden was acquired, Patrick Roy told him that the Rangers had acquired one of the Avs "better defensemen." (NY Post)
Roy told Vigneault that Holden could be anything from a "fourth to sixth defenseman on a good team" depending on how well he is playing. (NY Post)
Vigneault said that the way Holden was described to him is what he has seen, "safe, dependable, and not very flashy" but gets in the way and uses his stick well. (NY Post)
In early November, Vigneault said that Holden is someone who plays to his strengths, makes high percentage plays and has "come in and been a real good fit for us."
Following the Rangers win over the Jets, Vigneault said that Holden is a player who just goes out, does his job, understands the game and can make a good first pass. (MSG)
Henrik Lundqvist said that Holden plays a "very solid, smart game" and that he knows what to expect when Holden is on the ice. (NY Times)
Joe Micheletti said recently that Joel Quenneville is a big fan of Holden and that Quenneville saw him a lot when Chicago would play Colorado.
Joe added that Holden hasn't made a lot of mistakes this season and that he is turning out to be one of the "steals of the summer." (MSG)
When Holden is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 47% of the shot attempts and he has been on for 31 goals for and 20 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: Holden isn't the greatest defensemen in the world but he is a solid player and well worth the 4th round pick the Rangers gave up to get him. He can eat up a lot of minutes, jump in with offense on occasion and when you factor in his size and his cost, $1.65 million he is a valuable player for the Rangers.