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Another defenseman recently signed to a contract by the Avalanche, Holos has the most sleeper value of any Avalanche prospect. Colorado used a late pick on him, 170th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and since then has established himself as a solid defenseman with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League. Holos also represented Norway in the 2010 Winter Olympics, leading the team in ice time.
NHL Potential: Top four defenseman.
NHL Comparable: Marek Zidlicky.
Holos is a bit of an enigma in that he's above average defensively, yet has the build of an offensive defenseman, measuring in at 5'11". His skating is also a plus, as he's got above average speed, and when you watch him play seems to possess alot of offensive talent.
However, Holos was only able to register a single goal and 13 assists in 51 games last season, so it's likely he'll only chip in at an NHL level. Another dark horse to make the Avalanche out of camp, Holos's experience playing two years in a professional league, not to mention the Olympics, will give him an edge even over Shattenkirk.
If not, he'll start the season with Lake Erie of the AHL, and get a taste with the big club as the season wears on and management continues to weed out Colorado's veteran defensemen.