The Oilers’ preseason schedule is more than half done, but crunch time is fast approaching.
With another round of cuts ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 penalty shootout win in Winnipeg, it seemed a good time to take stock.
I recognized the following:
1. Dylan Holloway approaches a roster slot.
Saturday’s game against the Jets may have been Holloway’s best performance since training camp began. That’s saying something considering he was the top player at the rookie tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, and the top skater in the preseason opener.
Holloway hit the post twice, first on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period and then on a power play in the third. He also got a good close position shot that was simply turned sideways while on the hook.
His primary assist in Jason Demer’s game-winning five-on-three goal was a thing of beauty.
It’s one thing to be the best player on the ice in the first game of preseason against the Jets’ AHL roster. It’s another to be up against most of the Winnipeg players in the running for that award. He played 21 minutes and 9 seconds Saturday, three minutes more than any other Oilers forward.
There’s a reason Tyson Barrie calls him “Hollywood.”
Holloway must be on the season opener list for salary cap reasons.
https://theathletic.com/3648266/2022/10/02/edmonton-oilers-preseason/?source=rss Oilers preseason: 10 observations from week one of the game