Now I am not going to lie, when I saw the news on TSN that Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher traded a fifth-round pick for Ryan Hollweg, I thought, "What a waste of a fifth-round pick."
But you know something? I love being proven wrong.
I have only seen Hollweg in action once for the blue and white, but, if he can keep it up, we got ourselves a hockey player.
He can irritate, he can get under people's skin, and he has the ability to change the flow of a game.
Does this seem familiar?
I remember a guy back in the day trying to make a name for himself who did the exact same thing. His name was Darcy Tucker.
I will admit Tucker could put the puck in the net better, but with a whole team of players that can’t score, either, I can look past it.
The other part of this guy's game that actually surprised me is his speed. This guy’s got wheels that I think a lot of people will underestimate. Something that Tucker didn’t have.
Now, remember, it has only been two games into the preseason. I know that there is a long way to go before this comparison has consistent justification, but I love to predict and this is my prediction of Ryan Hollweg.
He will be a player who will play more than 40 games this year. He will get more points than last year and he will be one of the most popular players on the Maple Leafs this year. He will matter.