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WORLD JUNIORS: Holloway starting Canada camp in small cohort

Oilers 2020 first-round pick will skate with fellow NCAA players for first two weeks of World Juniors selection camp

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - There are 46 players alongside Dylan Holloway at Hockey Canada's selection camp in Red Deer, but he'll only be allowed to skate with two of them for the first two weeks.

The Oilers first-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft spent the last two and half months at the University of Wisconsin, participating in college classes, training with the Badgers hockey team and ultimately playing the first two games of his sophomore NCAA season this past weekend.

The 14th-overall selection scored in each game as the Badgers swept their road back-to-back against Notre Dame. Holloway then headed north on Sunday, flying to Calgary and briefly seeing his parents who drove in from Bragg Creek before finishing his trek to Red Deer.

Because he arrived from the United States, the forward is only permitted to skate in a small cohort that includes fellow NCAA players Devon Levi of Northeastern and Alex Newhook of Boston College for the first two weeks of camp, due to Hockey Canada's health and safety protocols.

Fortunately for Holloway, the camp runs until Dec. 13 so he'll have plenty of time to showcase his skills with the full group and participate in exhibition games against U SPORTS all-stars. From there, the final team will be picked to participate in the IIHF World Junior Championship, running Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

"It's definitely super special," Holloway told Post Media. "I have to make the team first, but the fact that it is in Edmonton and that's the team that drafted me is pretty crazy and something I'm definitely not going to take for granted. The whole idea is something I'm super, super excited about."

Holloway won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton.

Video: ASK AN OILER | Dylan Holloway

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FUTURE WATCH: Holloway hits highlight reel with another goal

Oilers 2020 first-round pick scores for the second time in as many nights during Wisconsin's opening weekend

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - Another Wisconsin win, another Dylan Holloway goal.

Edmonton's 14th-overall selection from last month's NHL Draft made the most of his brief NCAA season debut with the Badgers this weekend, scoring a power-play marker on Friday and a highlight-reel, even-strength tally on Saturday as his team swept their road back-to-back against Notre Dame.

The sophomore forward received a pass just before centre ice, darted into the attacking zone, skated wide down the left side, curled around the net, turned sharply and sniped a wrist shot over the goalie's short-side shoulder for the eventual game-winner in Wisconsin's 5-3 victory.

With two goals in two games, Holloway will now take a hiatus from Wisconsin and shift his focus to Hockey Canada for hopefully the next eight weeks as he vies for a spot on the national team that will compete at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

The 47-player selection camp starts Monday in Red Deer and runs until Dec. 13 when the final roster will head north to defend their title at the U-20 tournament, Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: You a bad man, Dylan! 😳#Oilers 2020 first-round pick Holloway with his second goal in as many nights for @BadgerMHockey & this one was absolutely filthy.(🎥 @HeresYourReplay)

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FUTURE WATCH: Holloway scores in Wisconsin season opener

Oilers 2020 first-round pick tallies PPG with Badgers prior to heading home to Alberta for Hockey Canada selection camp

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - Dylan Holloway will be heading home to Alberta with some momentum after scoring for the Wisconsin Badgers in their NCAA season opener on Friday.

The Oilers 14th-overall selection at last month's NHL Draft will be travelling to Red Deer later this weekend to attend Hockey Canada's selection camp for World Juniors, which begins on Monday.

The Badgers are playing their first games of the slightly-delayed 2020-21 Big Ten season with a back-to-back in South Bend, Indiana, against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Wisconsin won 2-0 on Friday and the teams will face off again on Saturday.

Buffalo Sabres 2017 draft pick Linus Weissbach made it 1-0 Badgers in the first before Holloway padded the lead in the middle frame on the power play, ripping home a wrist shot from the high slot.

Holloway was named third star of the game, recording three shots on goal and winning 10 of his 14 faceoffs. The Bragg Creek native scored eight goals and nine assists in 35 games as a freshman with Wisconsin last season.

He will be one of 27 forwards vying for a spot on Team Canada for the IIHF World U-20 Championship that will be contested Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: Here's a look back at Holloway's power-play goal from the slot! @NBCSports

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FUTURE WATCH: Lavoie lights the lamp twice for Vasby

Oilers forward prospect now has eight goals in 13 games during his loan to Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan

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EDMONTON, AB - Raphael Lavoie is lighting the lamp at an impressive pace in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan, adding two more tallies to his total on Wednesday.

The Oilers forward prospect scored both of Vasby's goals in a 5-2 defeat to MODO, giving him eight markers in 13 games as he makes the most of his loan from the NHL club.

Just 1:15 into the opening period, the winger received a pass in the neutral zone and darted through a pair of MODO defenders before sweeping down the left side of the attacking zone, cutting hard to the net and sliding a five-hole shot past the goalie. Then, with just 15 seconds left in the middle frame, he sniped a wrist shot through a screen on the power play.

Lavoie, whom Edmonton drafted 38th overall in 2019, also has a pair of assists to give him 10 points on the season. The loan to Sweden is his first taste of professional hockey after he split the 2019-20 campaign with Halifax and Chicoutimi of the QMJHL, while also winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Great goal by #Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie for @VasbyHockey in @HockeyAllsvensk action! The 2019 second-round pick now has 7 tallies in 13 games on loan in Sweden.(🎥 @cmoresport)

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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard scores beauty goal for Sodertalje

Oilers defence prospect lights the lamp and adds two assists, has 11 points in 16 games in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan

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EDMONTON, AB - Not a Bouch Bomb per se, but definitely a Bouch Beauty.

Oilers defence prospect Evan Bouchard scored on an exceptional individual effort and also added a pair of assists on Sunday as his Sodertalje squad edged Karlskoga 4-3 in HockeyAllsvensk action.

The 21-year-old now has four goals and seven assists in 16 games in Sweden's second division as he continues his loan from the Oilers that will go until the start of 2020-21 training camp.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: What an individual effort by #Oilers D prospect Evan Bouchard today as he scored 1 goal & 2 assists in @SodertaljeSK's win during @HockeyAllsvensk action.(🎥 @cmoresport)

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BLOG: Lagesson looking sharp in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan

Oilers defenceman producing points with HC Vita Hasten, scoring three goals and four assists in nine games so far this season

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - William Lagesson is making his case to be a full-time NHL defenceman.

After playing all 69 of his games during the 2018-19 season with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, the 24-year-old made his debut with the Oilers in 2019-20 and suited up for his first eight NHL games. The 91st-overall pick in 2014 also played 25 games with Bakersfield and scored three goals with seven assists.

Lagesson was part of Edmonton's playoff roster this past summer, but he didn't see any action during the Qualifying Round vs. Chicago. With only 33 games played last season, he was eager to compete in Sweden prior to the start of the 2020-21 NHL campaign and signed with HC Vita Hasten of the second division HockeyAllsvenskan.

The Gothenburg native is off to a strong start with the Norrkoping-based club, scoring three goals and four assists in nine games so far this season and playing on the team's top defence pairing.

"I feel ready to take that step and to be able to take a regular place," he told Hockeysverige, translated from Swedish, of his aspirations with the Oilers. "These are exciting times now and I'm on the border. It is important to be prepared, have self-confidence and have the little luck that you also need."

Lagesson was a pending restricted free agent heading into the off-season, and the Oilers made him a qualifying offer on Oct. 7, but a new contract has not yet been completed.

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BLOG: Holloway invited to Hockey Canada selection camp

Oilers 2020 first-round draft pick one of 47 players who will try out for the national team that will compete at this year's World Juniors

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EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 2020 first-round draft pick Dylan Holloway is one of 47 players who will by vying for a spot on Team Canada for this year's World Juniors in Edmonton.

The 14th-overall pick from earlier this month has been invited to Hockey Canada's selection camp that will be held in Red Deer from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, as five goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 27 forwards will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF under-20 championship, scheduled for Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place.

The camp will be held at Westerner Park Centrium and Hockey Canada will be closely following enhanced measures around COVID-19 testing and team protocols. The tournament in Edmonton will be contested without fans in attendance, but the 2022 event is scheduled to return to Rogers Place and Red Deer in front of live crowds.

Holloway, one of the 27 forwards invited to the selection camp, has been training with his University of Wisconsin team for the past two months. The Big Ten season could start as early as Nov. 13, but the 19-year-old will be headed to Red Deer by then for the Hockey Canada camp.

The native of Bragg Creek, just west of Calgary, starred for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Okotoks Oilers before making the jump to NCAA with the Badgers in 2019-20. Holloway scored eight goals and nine assists in 35 games as a freshman.

Video: ASK AN OILER | Dylan Holloway

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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, Lavoie light the lamp in Sweden

Defenceman scores his third of the season while forward prospect picks up a pair in HockeyAllsvenskan action

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EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospects were all over the scoresheet in Sweden on Wednesday as the HockeyAllsvenskan regular season continued.

Defenceman Evan Bouchard is up to three goals and two assists in nine games with Sodertalje SK after he blasted home a power-play tally in a 4-2 win over BIK Karlskoga.

Forward Raphael Lavoie found the back of the net twice for Vasby IK in a 5-2 defeat against HC Vita Hasten, bringing him up to four goals and two assists in seven games.

Both players have been loaned by the Oilers to the Swedish clubs.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie with a pair of snipes for @VasbyHockey today in @HockeyAllsvensk action.

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FUTURE WATCH: Oilers prospects producing in Europe

McLeod and Benson putting up points in Switzerland, Rodrigue earns first pro victory in Austria, Bouchard and Lavoie scoring in Sweden

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have more players and prospects loaned to teams overseas than any other NHL club, and many of them are off to strong starts with their respective squads.

Ryan McLeod is playing for EV Zug in Switzerland's National League and has a pair of assists in three regular season games thus far. The forward, drafted 40th overall in 2018, also scored a goal and two assists in a Swiss Cup tournament game.

Fellow forward prospect Tyler Benson, drafted 32nd overall in 2016, is competing for the GCK Lions in Switzerland's second division, the Swiss League, and is averaging a point per game thus far with a goal and three assists in four appearances.

Next door in Austria, Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Rodrigue picked up his first professional victory on Sunday in his debut with the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League. The 62nd-overall pick in 2018 made 34 saves in a 6-2 win against EC VSV.

Tweet from @graz99ers: Great debut!

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RELEASE: Oilers loan Rodrigue to Graz99ers

Goalie prospect will compete in the Austrian Hockey League during the 2020-21 season

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EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have loaned goaltender Olivier Rodrigue to the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League for the 2020-21 season.

The 62nd-overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft recorded a 2.32 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 39 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL during the 2019-20 season.

Rodrigue was also part of Hockey Canada's gold-medal team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, serving as their third netminder behind Nico Daws and Joel Hofer.

The 20-year-old also back-stopped Canada to a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a miniscule 1.00 goals-against average and stellar .942 save percentage in four games.

Fellow Oilers prospect Cooper Marody is also playing in Austria for the Dornbirn Bulldogs.

Video: FUTURE WATCH | Reliable Rodrigue 02.12.20

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