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Dylan Holloway undergoes wrist surgery, will miss minimum of three months

This morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Dylan Holloway is expected to miss a minimum of three months after undergoing surgery to correct an issue with his wrist.

It goes without saying that this surgery news is brutal for Dylan Holloway and anyone that was hoping that the 2020 first-rounder might be able to steal a job in training camp, but it wasn’t exactly surprising as his wrist issues have been talked about here on the site a few times over the past couple of weeks. On Saturday, I wrote about Holloway’s wrist issues in my Random Thoughts column after being told that he could be facing surgery if doctors found that his wrist wouldn’t heal on its own.

I heard from a source late yesterday that Dylan Holloway is likely to miss some time (could be weeks or months) to start the season as he continues to recover from his wrist issues. From what I was told, Holloway isn’t nearly as close to being 100% as we all would have hoped he’d be as the season approaches and that he may be out for a while depending on what doctors find, which is obviously a tough blow for the former 14th overall pick. I was also told that Holloway will be evaluated again as early as this week with surgery potentially being on the table, and we’ll have to hope that the news comes out more positive than the info I was given.

The former 14th overall pick previously had surgery to repair a scaphoid fracture in his wrist back in March while he was playing at the University of Wisconsin, preventing him from making his professional debut with the Condors for their playoff run. According to the statement from the team, it was determined that surgery was required after “during the recovery process it was determined by Oilers medical staff and surgical hand specialists that he required further surgery.” Today, the Oilers confirmed the news that many of us were hoping they’d be able to avoid and that Holloway would miss a minimum of three months to recover.

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Oilers forward Dylan Holloway underwent successful wrist surgery on Tuesday afternoon. Recovery from yesterday’s procedure is expected to take a minimum of three months.

Holloway originally required surgery for a scaphoid fracture while playing at the University of Wisconsin earlier this year. During the recovery process it was determined by Oilers medical staff and surgical hand specialists that he required further surgery.

His rehabilitation will take place in Edmonton under the supervision of the club’s medical staff.

While this is certainly unfortunate and not at all the start to the season we would have hoped Holloway would have, I just hope that this second surgery is what is needed to correct the issue once and for all. This is an important player on the team’s depth chart and having him miss any length of time is less than ideal, making this recovery period incredibly important for both the player and the team going forward.

In 23 games played with the University of Wisconsin in 2021, Holloway registered 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points to go along with a +10 rating and 19 PIMs.

HOLLOWAY’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2016-17 Okotoks Oilers AJHL 2 0 0 0 0
2017-18 Okotoks Oilers AJHL 28 11 16 27 16 6 4 0 4 4
2018-19 Okotoks Oilers AJHL 53 40 48 88 56 7 8 3 11 24
2019-20 U. of Wisconsin Big-10 35 8 9 17 49 -3
2020-21 U. of Wisconsin Big-10 23 11 24 35 19 10