Three things from Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Holloway’s pro debut

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
This past weekend 2020 14th overall pick Dylan Holloway made his pro debut.
He finally was able to get into game action after a strenuous nine-month rehab due to a wrist issue. While he did express some concern about the strength of the wrist, it didn’t appear to hamper him one bit.
This weekend the Bakersfield Condors took on the San Jose Barracuda in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday, the first two of Holloway’s career.
Here are three things to take away.

Holloway put up points

Most notably, Holloway recorded his first-ever pro points. In Saturday night’s game, he notched two assists and had another Sunday.
His first-ever assist was this long stretch pass up the ice to James Hamblin, who scored on a breakaway.
Not long after, he notched his second assist. This one was on the powerplay, and the second assist helped set up Adam Cracknell for a goal.
And on Sunday, Holloway had a beautiful assist setting up Tim Schaller. Holloway grabbed a loose puck at the opposing blue line, made a quick move around the defenceman and gave himself space in the offensive zone. A quick backhand pass to Schaller, and into the net it went.
The production is great to see. Holloway wasn’t touted as the most offensively gifted of players coming out of the draft, but that element of his game exploded in his D+1 year. So far, it has transitioned to the AHL.

Holloway’s got wheels

One of the most impressive elements of his game is just how quick he looked on the ice. He has the speed to pull away from opposing players and has the acceleration to create space. His explosion and agility was on full display.
This clip really stood out to me. He had the jump off a faceoff at centre ice, immediately forced a turnover, and turned up ice to generate a scoring chance.
Here’s another from Saturday’s game where he does a great job protecting the puck entering the offensive zone and uses his wheels to get to space.

His coach spoke highly of him

After Saturday’s game, Condors head coach Jay Woodcroft had lots of good things to say about his first game.
“Well I think it was a good start,” said Woodcroft with a smile. “He has been off team play for most of the year. So for him to get out there in real action and play big minutes in most situations, for him to do that is a credit to all the work he put in to make sure he is healthy.
“He’s got to feel good about getting through the game and not worrying about the injury. I thought he made a lot of plays out there. I think he has got a lot of gas in the tank and is only going to get better.
“He’s in a good spot to work on his game. I know when he’s in our lineup, he makes us a better team.”

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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