• Avs' Holden Pots Game-Winning Goal Monday

    News: Nick Holden potted the game-winning goal in Monday's 5-2 throttling of the Coyotes.
    Analysis: Nick Holden's marker came on the power play, giving the Avalanche their first goal on the man advantage in 12 games, snapping an 0-for-32 dry spell. The team shouldn't count on Holden for offense too frequently, though, as the blueliner has notched five goals and eight assists in 53 games this season.
  • Avs' Holden Nabs Assist In Win

    News: Nick Holden collected an assist in Thursday's win over the Senators.
    Analysis: With two goals and eight points over 37 games, Nick Holden doesn't offer much to get excited about in the fantasy realm. He's not an overwhelmingly active hitter, either, dimming his appeal in specialty formats.
  • Avs' Holden Bags Goal In Defeat

    News: Nick Holden found twine for his second goal of the season Thursday against the Flames.
    Analysis: Moved from defense to the fourth line for this one, Nick Holden made coach Patrick Roy look wise for making the switch, as his second-period tally briefly gave the Avs the lead. It's not certain at this time how long he'll continue to play at the wing, as that will likely be dictated by how long the team's multiple injured forwards remain out.
  • Avs' Holden Scores First Of 2014-15

    News: Nick Holden opened the scoring just 31 seconds into Thursday's eventual shootout win over Toronto with his first goal of the year.
    Analysis: The 27-year-old blueliner had been simply brutal over the season's first 14 games, going minus-10 with no goals and two assists. Ugly stuff, and certainly not the way that Nick Holden wanted to start following last year's 10-goal rookie campaign. Of course, the fact that he scored those 10 goals on just 66 shots as a defenseman should have set off fantasy owners' fluke alarms.
  • Avs Sign Holden To Three-Year Extension

    News: Nick Holden signed a three-year, $4.95 million contract extension with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: The Avs' decision to commit to Nick Holden until the end of the 2017-18 season flew under the radar on a day in which they added Jarome Iginla and Daniel Briere to the roster, but it illustrates just how pleased the team was with the 27-year-old's performance in his first full NHL season. After serving as a healthy scratch for most of the first half, Holden finished the regular season with 10 goals and potted three more in the playoffs, while also showing improvement defensively down the stretch. He'll be counted on as a mainstay on defense over the next few seasons.
  • Holden Shines Despite Avs' Elimination

    News: Nick Holden registered a goal in Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Wild.
    Analysis: The defenseman came away with tallies in each of the final three games of the series, chipping in four penalty minutes for good measure. He'll head into the offseason with something to feel good about, even if it offers little solace in comparison to his team bowing out early.
  • Avs' Holden Continuing To Supply Scoring

    News: Nick Holden notched his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche.
    Analysis: Nick Holden has found himself in and out of the lineup this season, but he's remained worthy of a roster spot in deeper leagues due to his excellent 0.45 point-per-game production. He's also helped out in the defensive categories with 93 hits and 42 blocks over his 44 games.
  • Avs' Holden Heating Up

    News: Nick Holden potted his seventh goal of the season in Sunday's win over the Senators.
    Analysis: That gives the defenseman three points in four games. He's been a fairly useful fantasy asset on a per-game basis with 18 points in 40 games, but he's an occasional risk to be scratched by coach Patrick Roy.
  • Avalanche's Holden Scores Twice

    News: Nick Holden scored two goals, including a power-play score, against the Lightning on Sunday.
    Analysis: This is a nice game for Nick Holden, but he's a 26-year-old defenseman who hadn't registered an NHL point before this season. Unless he's a real late bloomer, he's not likely to contribute much fantasy value.
  • Points Vanishing For Avs' Holden

    News: Nick Holden's assist in the Avs' final game before the break marked his first point since Jan. 21, a span of nine games.
    Analysis: Nick Holden generated some buzz with a three-point showing Jan. 18 against Nashville, but he's mostly fallen back to earth since that time. The defenseman's 12 points in 31 games on the season is rather average production for his position, and his limited hit and block totals don't really separate him from any of the other waiver-wire options out there.