Name: Dylan Holloway
League: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Team: University Of Wisconsin Badgers
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, September 23rd, 2001
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
USHL Drafted: By Chicago Steel (fourth round, 50th overall, 2017 USHL Futures Draft)
WHL Drafted: By Everett Silvertips (sixth round, 121st overall, 2016 WHL Bantam Draft)
Potential Draft Round: Top-15
NHL Potential: Top-Six Forward
Playing Style: Two-Way Forward
Playing in the NCAA as a draft-eligible player is becoming more and rare in today’s game. In his draft season, Holloway played in the NCAA for the University Of Wisconsin and did quite well as one of the league’s youngest players. Last season, Holloway played for the Okotoks Oilers in the AJHL and was not only one of the league’s best players that season, but he was one of the best junior A players in Canada. He was named as the AJHL’s Most Valuable Player after his 88 point season.
Calling Holloway a complete player is a good way to describe him. He works hard in the offensive zone, battling hard along the boards and is strong on the forecheck. Holloway is not afraid to get into the guts of the game, blocking shots, playing physically and being aggressive in puck battles.
This style of play has coaches using him on the penalty kill and in other important times in the game. His skating is one of his best assets. He has a long, powerful stride that allows him to get past defenders quickly and catch them by surprise.
Holloway is a very mobile skater and can move with the puck in tight spaces and can get past defenders and give himself space to make a shot or make a pass. His hockey IQ is also quite impressive. He makes creative plays and does a great job following the puck to put himself in good scoring chances.
His creativity with the puck is one of the more underrated aspects of his game. He makes complex moves with the puck on his stick that seem to go unnoticed at times, but are effective at getting passed opposing players. In addition, Holloway makes some very creative passes that can create dangerous scoring opportunities.
Holloway will need to spend some more time in the NCAA to develop his game before he is ready to make his way to the next level, however, under head coach Tony Granato, he is in the perfect place to succeed. Holloway plays the type of smart game with the defensive awareness that NHL teams love to see. Under the proper development, if Dylan Holloway reaches his ceiling, he can become one of the top two-way forwards in the NHL.