Freshmen Spotlight: Justin Holl

The second member of the Gopher hockey freshmen class is 6-foot-2, Minnetonka native, Justin Holl.

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.

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