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NHL Draft Day 2, no QOs for Matt Benning or Andreas Athanasiou, #Oilers select F Dylan Holloway 14OV, and MORE!

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2020 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Michael Bobroff/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

It’ll be a brief one this morning as I’d like to get out of the way of the Draft Live Thread in time for the second round to begin.

We know what happened yesterday, it took forever and feels like it just ended, so I won’t dive too deep into it right now.

Suffice it to say, I don’t love the pick — I don’t necessarily hate it, either — but I do not think that drafting Holloway there represents the kind of thinking I’d like to see from the Oilers GM (and his scouts).

It is difficult to suss out much of value about his season last year given his unique position as an 18 year old in the NCAA (I believe he was one of only two last year), granted, but given there were a few more ‘proven’ offensive players available at that slot, I’d have liked to see them prioritize that a bit more OR trade out of 14 to get Holloway a little later if possible. It’s hard to look at Edmonton’s night and believe they did better than Calgary, for instance, and Calgary was operating from a less valuable slot to start with, which really steams my cheeks.

Ah well, something in the water under the bridge, right?

2020 Copper & Blue Live Draft Thread (Copper and Blue)

Oilers Will Not Qualify Andreas Athanasiou, Matt Benning (Copper and Blue)

2020 NHL Draft: Oilers Select Dylan Holloway With 14th Overall Pick (Copper and Blue)

2020 Entry Draft Day Two (Lowetide)

Was Holloway The Right Pick? (Oilersnation)

A Deep Dive Into Dylan Holloway (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers Athanasiou And Benning With Be Unrestricted Free Agents (Sun)

Oilers’ First-Rounder Holloway Has ‘Ability To Help In Different Ways’ (Sportsnet) - Yikes.

Holloway Has All The Qualities Edmonton Oilers Are Looking For In A Draft Pick (Sun)

Holland Says Oilers Get A Lot Of Character And Speed With Holloway (Sportsnet) - Lol.

Edmonton Oilers To Split Cap Overages Over Next Two Years (Oilersnation)

Lowetide: Oilers Draft Dylan Holloway On Day 1, With Trades Possible Wednesday (Athletic)

Connor McDavid’s Positive COVID-19 Test Stirs Debate About The Next NHL Season (Athletic)