Edmonton Oilers used their #14 overall pick to address their biggest area of need — at forward. They selected Dylan Holloway , a centre/left wing with the University of Wisconsin.
With a 2001 Sep 19 birthday. Holloway is already 19, having been too young for the 2019 Draft by just 4 days. He was the second youngest player in NCAA last season, in which he produced relatively modest totals of 8-9-17 in 35 games.
The Oilers were just outside this year’s top tier of 12 or 13 players, with nobody above them making a reach pick. The next tier featured a variety of rankings, with Holloway consistently in the #14-21 range.
At 6’1, 203 lbs, Holloway plays a power forward game.
Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst provides this assessment:
- A hard-working power forward with a strong sense for the game, Holloway was one of the top players in Canadian Junior “A” for the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers before beginning his draft year as a freshman for the University of Wisconsin. Blessed with ideal size and excellent balance, Holloway is a jack of all trades who can play either center or wing; serve as a playmaker or finish around the net; and most importantly, be matched up against opposing top players… Holloway is a hound off the puck who consistently applies pressure with physicality, especially on the penalty kill. He gets involved on the forecheck and creates turnovers thanks to smart reads, proper stick positioning and quick turns towards the direction of puck travel… Once he has the puck under control, Holloway features a relatively wide skating base and accelerates with a powerful stride and above-average straight-line speed. His first step is quick, and he can make instant directional changes, tight turns, and pivot on a dime while moving at top speed, all while maintaining control of the puck during these difficult maneuvers. His skating most certainly is a strong suit, and his escapability along the boards while taking hard shoves reveals his elite balance.
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