“Head-scratching property management”: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland blasted for draft day relocations

“Head-scratching property management”: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland blasted for draft day relocations

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David Staples Edmonton Journal

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Oct 07, 2020 8 minute read

Edmonton Oilers forward Andreas Athanasiou celebrates his goal with the bench to tie the game 3-3 with the Anaheim Ducks throughout the 3rd period in a 4-3 overtime Ducks win at Honda Center on Feb. 25, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Photo by Harry How/ Getty Images

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Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland is taking some heat on draft day 2020, in part for preparing Dylan Holloway with the team’s very first pick, but generally for his statement that the team would not be certifying restricted complimentary agents Andreas Athanasiou and Matt Benning.

Holland said he was not able to exercise new deals with either Athanasiou or Benning, so they were both going to end up being unlimited complimentary representatives.

Holland obtained Athanasiou at the trade deadline for 2 2nd round draft picks.

” The Oilers quit two 2nd round choices for Athanasiou at the due date,” noted Boston hockey commentator Joe Haggerty. “Head-scratching property management.”

Oilers fans were also not impressed.

speeds @hockeysymposium
Do not make the AA or Green trades, or sign Chiasson and Kassian, and EDM is rolling in picks and cap space. State what you will about Chia, however that’s not on him.

Alan Hull @alanhull
They simply keep putting anchors on their feet and attempting to swim.

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@OilersFanInMTL
So what has Holland done thats made you go “Excellent task Ken” besides getting rid of Lucic for Neal & 3rd.

As for the Holloway pick, there was more variation in the response, but much of it was unfavorable, simply as it was last year when the Oilers chose Philip Broberg, who has since improved his stock with strong play in the Sweden Elite League.

Here’s what was said by Oilers fans and bloggers on Twitter about the Holloway choice:

Socks @razorback56
I like the choice. Huge power forward that may be prepared to play soon.

Jason Adams @AdamsOnHockey
While I don’t like the Holloway choice, it’s much better than a Guhle choice. Holloway may perhaps be a 3C in about 5 years time if whatever breaks. Stauffer’s similar was Marty Reasoner. I am decidedly un-thrilled … Holloway being comfy on the LW does make me feel a bit better, and the kid does seem thrilled to be an Oiler, so I feel a bit much better about it. I feel he was a bit of a “safe” pick, which’s not normally my draft method. I do hope he eliminates it for us.

Woodguy @Woodguy55
Reasoner has 1.26 pts/gm as a NCAA draft eligible, Holloway had 0.49 Bob is being really kind.

Sean Patrick Ryan @TheOilKnight
Edmonton chooses Dylan Holloway who is quick & rugged, just unsure he’s a leading 6 gamer but I simulate him. I would have picked Rodion Amirov ftr but not extremely upset with Holloway. At least we didn’t go defence …

Greg Schmid @cdnmade74
Huge, quick C who can play wing. Accountable in his own zone. I like the pick

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Cody Stuart @betamanic
Isn’t Tyler Wright’s drafting history practically underperforming 3rd line centre types?

Jason Mills @iamjasonmills
The Dylan Holloway pick type of seems like a reach which the Oilers maybe got seduced by size like they’ve been guilty of in the past. Hope I’m incorrect, but initially, it feels frustrating that this was the player they pick in the top half of the draft.

Derek Blasutti @dawgbone98
If Holloway resembled a week more youthful he would have been qualified for the 2019 draft. He most likely does not enter the very first 3 rounds.

@zjlaing
Holloway tasks to play another year or two of college with the University of Wisconsin and a year in the AHL prior to he’s NHL prepared, the scout included … Some ideas on the Holloway pick: from what I’m hearing he’s going to be a real strong NHL’ er. Maybe not the top end, burner-esque skill that some were expecting, but must be a great top-six gamer for the Oilers in a few years. There’s reasons to be positive.

B.L.H.( Edmonton Oilers Lover )@BeerLeagueHeroe
So pleased Edmonton didn’t choose a defenseman here. Holloway is a player I believe #Oilers fans will grow to actually like. He’s blue collar to the bone. Holland is altering the culture from the draft out.

Restore 5.0? @Josephk90
Dylan Holloway is a kinda big player? He is about 6 feet high, and has fun with a huge edge. Among those rare gamers that looks better skating with the puck, then without it. Scored in AJHL, but that doesn’t mean anything. He has the upside of top9 power forward in the NHL, however he might be a bust too. Don’t concur with the pick at all, but look forward to seeing him develop. Does he remain in collage? or do the oilers sign him and send him overseas. I bet the Oilers room was pretty divided at14 Good for Montreal. Now Holland needs to get back into this round or the 2nd … The Oilers draft for need. However take a player they require now. Just issue he is years far from being ready. I prefer to prepare my 3rd line gamers in the later rounds. I do not know about you.

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brian mccormack @nairbmac
Luckily we prepared our future fourth line c to change Jujhar. What a horrible pick. Ajhl.

Denny Sawchuk @Denny_Sawchuk
Wow the very “I’m going to be unfavorable just to grab attention” Oiler fans sure come out on a night like this. I hope Holloway definitely sticks it down their throats

TSM dohfOs (Martin Lundén) @dohfOs
Can’t believe #Oilers individuals are still talking about that Holloway kid when there’s another, rather perhaps more famous, kid missing out. WHERE IS HARRISON KATZ?!

pakeha @pakeha1
Big, fast, competent power forward who can play C/LW and has fun with grit, toughness and high contend. Yeah!

MilkMan JAY @342 Monkey
I truly wish I might have a photographic memory of all the ppl who shit on 18 years of age kids and apparently understand better than Stanley Cup winning NHL GM’s and scouts.
Or will they fess up in 2-5 years and confess how absurd they were and promise to never give their viewpoint once again

Raja Dhami @gretzkytokurri
Do not be disturbed at Holloway for being picked 14 th by the Oilers.

Be upset at Tyler Wright. Be angry at Holland for making him a head scout.

Wright does not worth skill. For this reason why he hands down players like Quinn Hughes and again. this story.

Simon St-Laurent @19 Simon19
14. EDM. Dylan Holloway

I think we can call it the first huge surprise of the draft.

The Oilers needed a scorer and a forward that can be extremely useful and hard to bet.

Holloway has the speed to play with McDavid, might be an out of favor choice that becomes a fantastic one.

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Gene Principe @GenePrincipe
“I was very delighted. My phone blew up. They (@EdmontonOilers )have a lot of history. Maturing I did cheer for @NHLFlames fans however I’m not and my household aren’t cheering for them any longer” Dylan Holloway on being chosen 14 th

Dennis King @DKingBH
I believe the very best case for Holloway, and it might be said for a lot of people not prepared 14 ov, is he plays the go-to-the-net role with 97 similar to Maroon did. Otherwise he looks like a 3rd liner who can eliminate charges

Robin Brownlee @Robin_Brownlee
Scott Wheeler, The Athletic: “He’s a distinct professional athlete in this class, an impressive skater, a physical presence and a skilled scorer with a difficult wrist shot. I ‘d anticipate a breakout season as a sophomore …

Christopher Bataluk @ChrisBataluk
He has all the physical tools to be successful. As far as I can tell Holland made a big bet that he can be coached up into being a successful professional gamer on the strength of his athletic presents. The player was ranked highly throughout all the companies for a factor.

WheatNOil @WheatNOil
Like Broberg last year, the Oilers seem to reach based upon math-focused rankings, however less so based on rankings that are less math-y.

Certainly I lean more math-y. Holland/ Wright didn’t have a terrific track record drafting in Detroit.

DaddyPilks @Pilkey77
This is a terrific pick. Big power forward with skill and hockey sense. He will make this group in 2 to 3 years. That’s pretty good for a 14 th overall. Oilers don’t have much at forward in the minors. This is a big win

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jtshark @jtshark71
Won’t know for 4 years what sort of gamer he is.

My take

  1. The Holloway choice advises me of the Broberg pick, with Edmonton taking a larger, faster two-way player over the smaller sized, more efficient forwards still on the board. At this point, the Broberg choice looks like it’s exercising so I’ll hope for the exact same with the Holloway choice.
  2. There was a substantial unfavorable response when the Oilers drafted Leon Drasaitl. Many loud commentators on Twitter felt Edmonton ought to have taken Sam Bennett instead. The exact same negative reaction blew up with the Broberg pick. I’m no expert on these young gamers, so I’ll congratulate Dylan Holloway on being selected in the very first round and hope the Oilers got it.
  3. All that said, I’m not convinced Tyler Wright is a dazzling scout. His record in Detroit wasn’t excellent. But to win and keep winning, Edmonton requires a terrific scout because function.
  4. When It Comes To Athanasiou and Benning, they are no longer worth the quantity of cash it would have required to qualify them, so it makes good sense not to qualify them. This hurts when it comes to Athanasiou who cost the team 2 second round picks, however those are sunk expenses. Those choices are not coming back. Why compound that possession loss by paying excessive for the gamer now?
  5. When Holland made the Athanasiou trade, he did not and might not have actually expected that COVID-19 would wipe out much of the season, removing important games for the gamer to fit in and make his mark in Edmonton.
  6. The lockdown has likewise considerably altered NHL economics, moving Athanasiou from being a gamer the Oilers would probably have actually certified at his old agreement to one who needs to be paid considerably less. You can blame Holland if you desire for this, but I’m cool with him betting on this Oilers team, which was so strong after Christmas. This group has a possibility to go far into the playoffs, Holland assisted that along by trading for Athanasiou, Tyler Ennis and Mike Green. While only the Ennis deal worked out, I didn’t blame Holland for making the attempt when the trades were made, so I’m not going to blame him now.

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