Where could Dylan Holloway play with the Edmonton Oilers?

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We’re nearing the end of the silly season with NHL trade camps fast approaching. Many of the Edmonton Oilers are now back in town, preparing for what’s to come. While the majority of the holes in the forward group have been filled, there is still plenty of speculation as to where each will fit.

The most prominent discussion concerns rookie forward Dylan Holloway. Holloway played in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, however, he only took the ice for seven shifts for a grand total of 3:27 of ice time . Based on the limited sample, it’s hard to get an idea of ​​what he could bring to the team with this limited viewing.

Despite the lack of batters, we know what Holloway was capable of with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. In 33 games, Holloway scored eight goals and 22 points in the regular season, then had two goals and four points in five playoff games. Throughout his young career he always had a knack for scoring which was evident when he finished with 88 (40 goals, 48 ​​assists) in his final junior season with the Okotoks Oilers. . Nineteen goals and 52 points followed in 55 games with the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Another potential threat that Jay Woodcroft can add to his offensive lineup.

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An ideal place for Holloway to play next season is on the left wing on the third row, alongside Ryan McLeod (centre) and Jesse Puljujarvi (right winger). It looks like a line that could cause damage and has infinite potential.

That would push Warren Foegele to the fourth line if the Oilers don’t trade him with Derek Ryan and Mattias Janmark. It wouldn’t be beneficial for Holloway to play on that line due to the lack of offensive creativity, and the Oilers need to put him in position to succeed. Yes, Janmark and Ryan have a reputation for contributing to the score, but you want Holloway to be with players who can help him develop to his full potential.

Here’s how I think Woodcroft should line up their attackers on the opening right:

  1. Zach Hyman – Connor McDavid – Evander Kane
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
  3. Dylan Holloway – Ryan McLeod – Jesse Puljujarvi
  4. Warren Foegele – Derek Ryan – Mattias Janmark

The great thing about the Oilers forward roster is the flexibility. You can move Nugent-Hopkins to the third row if you need to, then McLeod to the fourth row. There’s even the option to move Puljuarvi to the front row and push Kane to the left and Hyman to the second. In reality, the possibilities are endless.

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Holloway on the third row is the perfect place for him to start. Nothing says he can rise as the season progresses, but for now, these three youngsters could really benefit from each other, which also benefits the team.

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