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Oilers Sign Dylan Holloway to Entry-Level Contract

Coming off of a solid Sophomore season at Wisconsin, the Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Dylan Holloway to an entry-level contract.

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Coming off of a solid Sophomore season at Wisconsin (11-24-35/23GP/+10), the Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Dylan Holloway to an entry-level contract. Primarily a center, there was talk he might get a look at forward this season for the Oilers before going down to an injury with a broken thumb.

When asked about his thumb injury, he said he’s not 100% and he’ll stay in Madison to do therapy and estimated time is about four weeks before he can play again. He doesn’t want to rush things so it doesn’t have a permanent affect on his hand.

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Holloway will have a real shot to stick as a middle-six forward with the Oilers n the Fall. TSN’s Craig Button has called him more than NHL ready and a dominant player at the college ranks. He can skate, is competitive and play either LW or C. Not long ago, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic wrote, “If Dylan Holloway signs with the Oilers (logical next step), a stint in Bakersfield makes the most sense.” He adds, “If he excelled, his skill set should be desirable to the big club.”

With Holloway signed, 21 of the 31 players selected in the 2020 NHL Draft’s first round have signed ELCs.

As for Wisconsin, they are going to look quite a bit different next year as its top four scorers – Cole Caufield (MTL), Linus Weissbach (BUF), Dylan Holloway (EDM) and Ty Pelton-Byce (Manitoba Moose) – and top defenseman Ty Emberson (ARI) have all signed with their respective NHL teams.

When asked about leaving college a little early, he felt that the best decision was to go pro and further develop to try and make the Oilers. GM Ken Holland pitched Holloway going pro now and Holloway said that made him feel good about his game. That helped him make him feel more confident about making his decision.

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