EDMONTON, AB - After making a name for himself as part of the University of Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey program, centre Dylan Holloway is looking to do the same with the program President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Ken Holland is building with the Edmonton Oilers.
The 14th-overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft notched 11 goals and 35 points over 23 outings with the Badgers in the 2019-20 season. The 2021 Hobey Baker Award nominee also represented Team Canada at the 2021 World Junior Championships, scoring one goal and one assist as the Canucks earned the silver medal in Edmonton. Holloway later headed to California, joining the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors and witnessing the club capture the John D. Chick Trophy as Pacific Division champions.
The power forward made big moves during the '20-21 season, climbing from the college ranks to the pro level. Although he didn't get into AHL game action, Holloway will look to continue that incline as he advances up the Oilers prospect pipeline in '21-22.
"It was a great experience coming down here," the 19-year-old told Condors TV in his exit interview.
"The AHL is a great league with a lot of good players. This was a special group. We were so close as a team but also on the ice, we were really good and we won The Chick. I think I learned a lot from watching. It was a good experience all around."
Holloway suffered a thumb injury at the tail end of the Badgers' schedule but utilized the university's health and medical resources for his recovery. The centre says he's ready to return home to Alberta to continue his development for next year.
"Physically, I'm feeling pretty good," the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder said. "I got a good opportunity coming ahead next hockey season. I just got to take advantage of it. Big summer for me coming up here and I just got to do everything I can to get a spot in the Fall."