Dylan Holloway – C/LW
Dylan Holloway is an intriguing prospect to say the least. Coming into the NCAA as a true freshman this season for the Wisconsin Badgers, Holloway has impressed many scouts right out of the gate with his powerful strides and his strength. What I found more impressive is that he was able to exhibit such strength as a true freshman, as Holloway only turned 18 in November and was thus one of the youngest players in the entire NCAA.
Although he’s billed at 6′1, he can play some of the most aggressive and intimidating hockey along the boards and in the neutral zone. Capable of playing both Left Wing and Centre, the young freshman is always very noticeable on the ice, as he plays a good 200-ft game already and controls the puck quite well due to his frame. reach and surprisingly good skating.
Having put up 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points in 35 games is rather impressive for a true freshman, notwithstanding the fact that Holloway played on a very bad Wisconsin Badgers team. He was at his best when paired up with Cole Caufield, as the two styles complimented each other quite well. Holloway was able to create a ton of space for his wingers, all while driving to the net and causing all kinds of problems for the opposition. With more strength and size to his build I believe we would witness a true offensive coming out party for Holloway, one that would make the team who drafts him quite happy indeed!
Rodion Amirov – LW
The best way one could characterize his game would be to call Amirov a puck-hound, as he is in constant pursuit of the puck and uses his great skating and long-strides to effectively neutralize his opponents and strip them of the puck. Amirov also possesses a very good set of hands to go with very strong skating. He can beat you 1-on-1 along the boards or in the middle of the offensive zone and deke goaltenders out of their pants if given the space.
One thing to like about Amirov’s game is how he creates space for himself using solid puck-protection skills and his great hands. He has no fear in putting himself in harm’s way and battles for lose pucks in the high-danger areas constantly. This rewards an otherwise skilled player with many ‘’garbage goals’’, but it also immediately gains the respect of coaches and scouts alike.
He can fit anywhere in a top-6 and has the upside to really excel as the games get tighter, which is exactly the type of winger the Habs would be looking to take at this rank at 16th overall. I am of the ilk that Amirov will likely surprise a few with where he goes in the draft (in a good way), but it is not outlandish to see the Canadiens call his name if available on draft day.
Next Up? Top-62 Pre-Draft Edition
I hope you all enjoyed this! It’s going to be a very fun next month discussing the draft leading up to October 9th. For any and all questions pertaining to draft-eligible prospects, please do not be shy to reach out! Cheers to all.