Raddysh, an undrafted free agent out of the OHL’s Erie Otters, had put up a line of 8-18-26 this season with AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, improving upon his line of 5-17-22 from last season. The soon to be 23 year old defenseman is a righty shot who won the Max Kaminsky award for the OHL’s best defenseman and the Leo Lalonde trophy for the OHL’s overage player of the year. His scouting report is that he’s a two-way defender with good skating and gap control and a solid passer. He could be a late bloomer, but let’s also remember that not only was he undrafted, he was signed to an AHL deal, upon signing with the Hawks. He’s now on the first of a two year deal.
Holland, acquired by the Rangers in 2017 for Adam Cracknell, played 23 games with the Rangers last year (1-3-4) and has spent the rest of the year and a half with the Hartford Wolf Pack. This year, he had a line of 20-29-49 in 52 games, far and away the Pack’s top scorer.
This move makes the Pack significantly weaker, but may bolster blue line depth. This may also be a sign by the Rangers that aside from Lundkvist and Miller, there may not be much to be excited about in the Rangers’ defensive prospect pool.
"Rangers acquire Darren Raddysh from Chicago for Peter Holland",