The Oilers dipped into the NCAA free agent pool last night, signing forward Colin Larkin of UMass-Boston to a one-year entry-level contract.
Larkin is the older brother of Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. He’s a senior at UMass-Boston and finished his final season with 24 goals and 22 assists in 27 games. That was the most on the team an fourth-most in the league.
Those are good stats, but it has to be said that Larkin is playing in the NCAA’s Division III. Seldom do you see players play for a Div III school make the jump to the NHL level, but you never know. There’s no downside to this kind of signing, really, other than a hit against the 50-contract limit.