Rangers Recall Peter Holland from Hartford Wolf Pack, Assign Boo Nieves to AHL

The Rangers acquired Holland in November, and he’s played very well for the Wolf Pack.

The New York Rangers have recalled Peter Holland from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Rangers acquired the 2009 first rounder on November 30 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Adam Cracknell. Holland, 27, has bounced between the NHL and AHL during his career, and has tallied 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points in 243 NHL games (0.33 P/GP).

His most recent stints at the NHL level include 25 points in 62 games in 2014-15, 27 points in 65 games in 2015-16 and 12 points in 48 games during the 2016-17 season. During that span he had a CF% of 47.3 in just over 1,927 minutes of 5v5 icetime.

His numbers at the AHL have been significantly better with 68 goals and 89 assists for 157 points in 179 games (0.88 P/GP).This season he has 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points in 36 games (0.92 P/GP). Holland’s line just with the Wolf Pack reads 5-9-14 in 16 games played (0.88 P/GP).

Holland represents a player with NHL experience, and one who is too good for the AHL level. He’s been playing very well for the Pack and it makes sense to give him a shot. Filip Chytil just returned after a solid showing at the WJC tournament in Buffalo, but there’s no reason to bring him to New York giving everything going on.

While Holland joins the Rangers, Boo Nieves has been assigned to Hartford. The 23-year-old center played 28 games at the NHL level this season and scored 9 points; he’s been held off the scoresheet in his last four games. Nieves averaged the second lowest all-situation ice time (10:22) of this roster through his 28 games, which is trailed only by Paul Carey’s 9:51.