Dylan Holloway, the Oilers’ first round selection from the most recent NHL draft comes in at #9 on our T25U25 list.
Holloway is an Albertan, from the greater Calgary area, and a former AJHLer, who is currently playing American college hockey for the University of Wisconsin.
But Holloway has only played two games for the Badgers this season, because he’s been in Red Deer training for the IIHF World Junior Championships, much to the chagrin of his head coach at Wisconsin, former NHLer Tony Granato.
From a level of competition standpoint, Granato’s position is understandable, but the 14-day quarantine period that is required upon crossing the Canada-US border has added an extra layer of complications to the World Junior preparation process, that will significantly cut into Holloway’s Big 10 season this year.
The good news for Oilers fans, is that you should be able to watch Holloway over the Holidays this season. And, if you get the Big 10 network, you should be able to watch him a bit in 2021 as well, which could be huge if the NHL season takes a while to start back up.
Last year, in his debut NCAA season, Holloway scored 8 goals, and 17 points in 35 games for the Badgers. Keep in mind, that Holloway played this entire season prior to being drafted in his first year of eligibility. He is a late September birthday, so he’s already turned 19, and was one of the older players in his draft year, but he was still very young to be playing in the NCAA last season.
Prior to playing in the states, Holloway played for the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL. In his age-17 season, he recorded 49 goals and 101 points in 64 games, including playoffs.
So, Holloway, who is 6’1’’, 203 lbs, and can play both centre and left wing, has a bit of offence to his game, but his real strength seems to be his two-way play. Here is his scouting report from the Elite Prospects 2020 draft guide:
Here is how we ranked Holloway for our list:
I was a little bit lower on him than most, but, that’s only because I base my ratings fairly heavily on statistical resumes, and Holloway’s is limited. Part of that has to do with the fact that he was just drafted. He’s one of the youngest prospects in the organization. His hot start for Wisconsin this year certainly caught my attention, with the obvious caveat that it was only two games.
I’m very interested to see what Holloway can do in the World Juniors later this month, and perhaps even more interested in seeing what he can do for the Badgers, in a league against men in their early 20s.
If Dylan can spit hot fire in the Big 10 this year, I’ll definitely feel more comfortable about moving him into my top-10 in next year’s T25U25.