Dylan Holloway, Defence, and Luke Gazdick

The adage that you never get a second chance to make a first impression takes a turn with Dylan Holloway hoping for the Edmonton Oilers. While we saw Holloway for the first time in the NHL June 6 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final versus Colorado, he didn’t get much chance to show his stuff—seven innings and 3:27 of playing time.

I don’t know much about Oilers 14The tenth Public choice in 2020 from what his stats And some YouTube clips tell me – he’s a great skater – but that will change at boot camp. What I do know is that by getting ice early – it is Skiing in the city With a cast that includes Leon Drysitl – 20-year-old Holloway shows he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get a job with the Oilers, and that’s a good thing. It has always been.

Once upon a time, a hockey writer looking for something to scribble before camp started always knew where to look to find a prospect looking for an advantage or making an impression. You can find them skating at Perry Burn Hockey Camp 3 for 3 at the Knights of Columbus Twin Arenas or taking a tour with the pros at House Drake Built at U of A.

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These days it’s in the Community Arena on Rogers Place, where Holloway makes like Mike Comrie or Ryan Smyth by skiing alongside Draisaitl. Xavier Burgolt is here too. Holloway heads to the NHLPA Junior Show in Washington Tuesday. Next, the Young Stars tournament returns in Penticton starting September 16.


Then comes the main camp with the Oilers, as Holloway will try to convince coach Jay Woodcroft that he belongs in Edmonton rather than Bakersfield, both of whom spent time last season. “It is definitely my goal to seek a place in the team this year,” he said. Holloway saidWhich comes out of two wrist surgeries. “I think I have the ability. I just have to have a good camp. There are a lot of good players in the camp too, so I just have to focus on myself.”

Wrist surgeries are not insignificant. Holloway first injured his left wrist in the 2020-21 season when he was playing in the Big-10 with Wisconsin. He underwent a second operation in September 2021 when his navicular bone near the base of the thumb did not heal properly. The challenge is to regain full range of motion and stay healthy. “It feels a lot better,” he said, “that’s for sure.”

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“I don’t have to record it anymore and I’m skating now, and my shooting is good, so it’s good. There’s obviously still a few complications with it—full range of motion, that kind of thing. I don’t need it much for hockey. As long as I can shoot. . . .”

“He’s in Edmonton now. He’s skiing and there’s Leon Drystle with him in town. It’ll help Dylan’s cause,” says Oilers Now host and radio analyst Bob Stover. “There’s only one chance to make a first impression, so if you’re Dylan Holloway . . . it doesn’t hurt him that he’s on the ice now.”

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May 10, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Edmonton Oilers defense Darnell Nurse (25) holds an ice puck against Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempey (9) during the third period in Game Five of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoff at Rogers Place. Mandatory credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

When GM Ken Holland talked about the need for an internal push to improve the Oilers during exit interviews, he was talking about the kind of competition forming on the blue streak for this training camp.

As of now, there is a mix of Darnell Nurse, Cody Ceci, Tyson Barrie, Brett Kulak, Ryan Murray, Evan Bouchard, Philip Broberg, Vincent Desharnais, Markus Niemelainen, and Dmitri Samorukov. We saw Niemelainen in 20 games last season and Broberg in 23 games.

“You have to dig in here in the off-season to come here in September and push for a bigger piece of the pie, more responsibility, more minutes whether you’re taking a penalty or if you’re a young player like Broberg or Holloway trying to push to make up,” Holland said. the team.

“I’m planning to have one of those young defenders on our squad for sure, maybe two. I told them that head-to-head at the end of the year. We’re trying to win and if I have to bring someone back to the AHL or compromise, I’m willing to do it.”

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And the . . .

Seeing a lot of former Euler the strong man Luke Gazdic these days via Twitter account maple lead, which considers itself sports content for Canadians. I spoke briefly with Gazdic at Hockey Helps the Homeless in Edmonton on May 6, but didn’t realize he was showing his posts as part of this account. Whether Gazdic speaks NHL or MLB or big names like Tom Brady or Serena Williams, he is really good and worth listening to.

Previously by Robin Brownlee