Edmonton Oilers choose Dylan Holloway with 14th pick overall

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Despite some talk about negotiating pricing as a way to get more picks, the Edmonton Oilers turned to the micro zoom and used their 14th pick to pick Dylan Holloway.

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After weeks (months?) Of speculation about what might happen with the Edmonton Oilers first-round pick, we finally got our answer as Ken Holland hopped on the zoom call and grabbed Dylan Holloway. with the 14th selection overall. In 2018-19, Holloway was a sniper for the AJHL Okotoks Oilers, registering 40 goals and 48 assists to close an 88-point campaign, which was good enough to earn the MVP title. of the league when he was only 17. In 2019-2020, Holloway made the jump to the University of Wisconsin and was one of only two draft-eligible players to make their rookie season in the NCAA.

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In his first year with the Badgers, Holloway posted modest numbers, but it was how he established himself as a dominant forward despite playing against older players that impressed scouts. . At over 200 pounds already, he has the makeup of an old-school forward, with many scouts praising his speed, strength, shot and instinct in the offensive zone. In 35 games with the University of Wisconsin, Holloway has 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 player in the NCAA last season.

Currently, Holloway plans to play another year or two with the Univesity of Wisconsin Badgers before making the jump to the professional leagues where he is likely to 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 understand exactly what we have here and how he’s likely to help our hockey team. Let the Internet be our guide.

2020 EliteProspects NHL Draft Guide:

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“Holloway constantly puts pressure on the backcheck, pickpockets puck carriers, makes quick shots, wields a disruptive stick – you name it. He never flees the area early on and is a capable east-west forward who protects the puck very well from opposing defenders.

Scott Wheeler, l’Athletic:

“After winning the AJHL’s Most Valuable Player award a full year before his NHL draft year, Holloway was cleared to play college hockey at the age of 18. In fact, he was one of only two first-year draft-draft eligible players to play NCAA Division I hockey in 2019-20.

Holloway said the decision to quit junior a year earlier was made on the basis of his physical maturity.

“Playing at a higher level improves you as a player. I was ready to take the leap and I’m happy I did because this year has taught me a lot and I feel better about it, ”Holloway said. “Coming from AJHL here, making decisions faster is a lot different. I like to think of myself as a fast player but there are a lot of them in this league. “

Perspectives Float:

“The best eligible for the NCAA Draft is a complete forward with excellent hands, vision and efficient skating skills. Thanks to his powerful stride, edge play and agility, once he has the puck on his stick, he has the ability to make flashy plays offensively.

Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com:

“The left striker has good hands, high competition and a willingness to create an attack. He is expected to be the first varsity player selected after recording 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 35 games as a varsity rookie.

WHERE IT HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED

Ranked n ° 18 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM

Ranked # 15 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

Ranked # 20 by ISS HOCKEY

Ranked n ° 14 by TSN / CRAIG BUTTON

Ranked # 26 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY

Ranked # 12 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA skaters)

Ranked # 17 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING

Ranked # 16 by TSN / McKenzie

CAREER AT HOLLOWAY COLLEGE SO FAR

Season Team League GP g A Pts PIM +/- PGP g A Pts PIM
2016-17 Oilers d’Okotoks AJHL 2
2017-18 Oilers d’Okotoks AJHL 28 11 16 27 16 6 4 4 4
2018-19 Oilers d’Okotoks AJHL 53 40 48 88 56 7 8 3 11 24
2019-20 U. du Wisconsin Grand-10 35 8 9 17 49 -3

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