Despite some chatter about potentially trading down as a means of securing more picks, the Edmonton Oilers stepped up to the zoom mic and used their 14th overall pick to select Dylan Holloway.
After weeks (months?) of speculating about what might happen with the Edmonton Oilers’ first round pick, we finally got our answer as Ken Holland jumped on the zoom call and grabbed Dylan Holloway with the 14th overall selection. In 2018-19, Holloway was a sniper for the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers, registering 40 goals and 48 assists to close out an 88-point campaign which was good enough to earn the nod as the league’s Most Valuable Player despite being only 17 years old. In 2019-20, Holloway made the leap to the University of Wisconsin and was one of only two draft-eligible players to play their rookie seasons in the NCAA.
In his first year with the Badgers, Holloway posted modest scoring numbers, but it was the way that he imposed himself as a dominating forward despite playing against older players that impressed scouts. At over 200 pounds already, he’s got the make-up of an old-school power forward, with many scouts praising his speed, strength, shot, and instincts in the offensive zone. In 35 games played with the University of Wisconsin, Holloway put up a whopping eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. While those totals aren’t exactly eye-catching, it’s worth noting once again that Holloway was the second-youngest guy playing in the NCAA last season.
Currently, Holloway projects to play another year or two with the University of Wisconsin Badgers before making the leap to the pro leagues where it is likely that he’ll spend at least a year with the Condors.
WHO IS DYLAN HOLLOWAY?
Now that we know Holloway is our guy, I wanted to dive into the Google machine to figure out exactly what we have here and how he’s likely to help our hockey team. Let the Internet be our guide.
“Holloway consistently applies pressure on the backcheck, pickpockets puck-carriers, makes timely hits, wields a disruptive stick — you name it. He never flees the zone early and is a capable east-west attacker who shields the puck from opposing defenders really well.”
“After winning the AJHL’s most valuable player award a full year before his NHL draft year, Holloway was allowed to play college hockey as an 18-year-old. In fact, he was one of just two first-year draft eligibles to play Division I NCAA hockey in 2019-20.
Holloway said the decision to leave junior a year earlier was made on the basis of his physical maturity.
‘Playing at a higher level gets you better as a player. I was ready to make the jump and I’m happy that I did because this year has taught me a lot and I feel like I’m better off for it,’ Holloway said. ‘Coming from the AJHL to here, making decisions at a quicker pace is a lot different. I like to think of myself as a fast player but there’s a lot of them in this league.’”
“The top NCAA draft-eligible is a complete forward with excellent hands, vision, and effective skating abilities. From his powerful stride and edgework and agility, once he has the puck on his stick, he has the ability to make flashy plays offensively.”
“The left-shot forward has good hands, high compete and a drive to create offence. He should be the first college player selected after he had 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 35 games as a college freshman.”
WHERE HE WAS RANKED
HOLLOWAY’S COLLEGE CAREER SO FAR
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