Defenseman, Justin Holl is a late addition to the incoming class for the Gophers. Holl who played 11 games for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season, was ready to use this coming year to play for the Lancers before coming to the Gophers.
With the departure of Nick Leddy to the pros, Holl got the call to come to the Gophers early.
Holl should be a nice addition and replacement for a talented defenseman like Leddy.
At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Holl has a good build and should add more muscle mass in college.
Last season playing for top-ranked Minnetonka, Holl had 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points while earning a spot as a Mr. Hockey finalist and leading the Skippers to a second-place finish in the Minnesota.
After completing his high school career he joined the Lancers for their final 11 regular season games as well as eight playoff games. Holl tallied one goal and five assists in 19 games.
Holl will bring a well-rounded attack to the Gophers next season. He has the ability to take to puck in his own end and lead the attack going the other way. Coming up the wing, he looks like a forward with the puck. Holl is a good passer who also has the ability to put the puck in the net.
Holl really shines while on the defensive. He is a very solid defender who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He uses his size to get in passing lanes and give opposing forwards fits.
With four freshmen defensemen on the roster, Holl will have a strong chance at winning a lot of playing time this season.
To share your thoughts on this article please go to Gopher Hockey Forum.
Freshmen Spotlight: Justin Holl
Gopher Illustrated Top Stories
Jalen Myrick to the JaguarsJalen Myrick is the first Golden Gopher taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Gopher IllustratedYesterday at 3:13 PM
Gophers Post-Spring Scout: QuarterbacksHeading into the Gophers 2017 football season, Minnesota is searching for a new signal caller at quarterback and that race has been narrowed down to two.
Gopher IllustratedFriday at 10:49 AM
GI Film Room: Daniel OturuThe GI Film Room gives you a look at the player Gopher commit Daniel Oturu has become over the course of his junior season.
Gopher IllustratedFriday at 9:37 AM
Open Period Preview: Weekend TwoThe second weekend of the open period starts about 24 hours from now and these are the top 2018 targets and their we expect Minnesota to be watching.
Gopher IllustratedThursday at 5:07 PM