Nick Holden played in 80 games for the Rangers this year, scoring 11 goals, 23 assists, a plus 13 rating and an average of 20:34 per game.
Holden played the second most minutes of any Ranger during the regular season, was second in ice time per game at 20:36 and played 18:18 at even strength, 1:42 on the PK and 36 seconds on the PP.
In 49 games before the All-Star break, Holden had 8 goals and 16 assists, a plus 18 rating and an average of 20:15 per game.
In 31 games following the All-Star break, Holden had 3 goals, 7 assists, a minus 5 rating and 21:11 per game.
Holden said right before the playoffs that the season had been "pretty consistent" and he had exceeded his own expectations for his game. (ESPN)
He said, "they wanted me to be a consistent, reliable defenseman and I feel like, for the most part, I was able to do that this year." (ESPN)
Holden was a healthy scratch for the first time this season during Game 3 against Montreal but played in 11 of the Rangers 12 playoff games.
In the playoffs, Holden ranked 6th in total ice time and played 16:59 at even strength, 1:20 on the PK and 1:00 on the PP.
Brady Skjei said that Holden is big, skates well, makes the simple plays and is a respected player in the locker room. (Newsday)
Holden is signed through next season with a cap hit of $1.65 million.
Adam Rotter: If you look at the overall scope of Holden's year, he was still a steal for the Rangers for just a fourth round pick. He scored some really big goals and f,or a large part of the year was one of their better defenders. His pairing with Marc Staal was really good for a while.....and then it fell off. Holden's game started to drag as the season went on, he wasn't great in the playoffs and now the Rangers will have to decide what to do with him. He will be exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft and would be a good pick up for then, but if he returns next season he can hopefully provide good depth for the Rangers on the third pair.