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Holloway discusses rough freshman season at Wisconsin on NHL Draft Class

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Dylan Holloway said he feels he was able to show NHL scouts the full depth of his game during a rough freshman season for the University of Wisconsin.

The 18-year-old forward, No. 12 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft, scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 35 games. Wisconsin was expected to be among the top NCAA teams this season with a roster that featured two 2019 first-round NHL draft picks, forwards Alex Turcotte (No. 5, Los Angeles Kings) and Cole Caufield (No. 15, Montreal Canadiens), but went 14-20 with two ties, including 7-15 with two ties in Big Ten play.

"I know I didn't really light it up with points but I think I was playing well," Holloway told NHL Draft Class hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale. "I was generating a lot of chances, still playing my game. My game is a lot more than points. I think I was able to showcase my skills pretty well."

Holloway also said he's happy to be at Wisconsin and had no intention of leaving school for the Western Hockey League, where Everett holds his rights.

"Growing up I wanted to play in the WHL, it was my goal," said Holloway, who was born in Calgary. "I just decided to look at my other options, look at the NCAA, and as soon as I toured Wisconsin, met the coaching staff here and saw the facilities, I knew it felt right and this is where I wanted to play. Growing up I wanted to play in the WHL, but ended up going to Wisconsin and I'm happy I made my decision to come here."

Holloway also discussed preparing for Hockey Canada's online summer junior evaluation camp, to be held July 27-31, what he hopes to accomplish in his second season at Wisconsin and reveals one of the strangest questions he's been asked by an NHL team during his interviews.

The hosts also talk about some new critical dates on the NHL calendar, including the 2020 NHL Draft being held Oct. 9-10.

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