The Edmonton Oilers have announced that they’ve signed UMass Boston forward Colin Larkin to a one-year, entry-level contract.
The 24 year old Larkin, older brother to Detroit Red Wings star Dylan Larkin, scored 24 goals and 46 points in 27 games with UMass this season and was named the New England Hockey Conference’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Like his younger brother, the 6’3”, 190 pound forward has speed to burn and an excellent scoring touch.
Exact details of his contract were not released, but because Larkin was a unrestricted free-agent who had played out his entire NCAA career, he was eligible to sign a one-year deal with the Oilers, rather than the standard two or three year entry-level deals that we see most rookies sign.
It remains to be seen just exactly how and when the Oilers plan on using Larkin, but with to their lack of offense on the wing this season, don’t be surprised if head coach Todd MacLellan experiments with the youngster down the stretch in the team’s final 15 games.
McDavid and family ruthlessly heckled while out in downtown Edmonton
No matter how you look at it, the 2017-18 season has been a MASSIVE disappointment for Edmonton Oilers fans. After shattering a decade long playoff drought last season, many fans and analysts had the Oilers pegged as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender heading into this season. But then… disaster. The puck dropped on the 2017-18 season and the Oilers have seemingly never been able to gain traction.
Sure, superstar captain Connor McDavid is still tearing up the league, but the secondary scoring help that he had last season from players like Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle and Patrick Maroon has been mostly non-existent this season. The team’s defense has been subpar on most evenings and goaltender Cam Talbot has been either injured on inconsistent this season. Put it all in a pot and you get the recipe for another Draft Lottery finish in the NHL standings for the Oilers.
Things couldn’t get much worse for the Oilers. Well… actually that’s not true, at least the players aren’t openly heckled by fans in public, right? Right… ?
Evidently not. Check out this video posted to social media from an Oilers “fan” in which he heckles McDavid as the 21-year-old superstar exits an Edmonton restaurant with his Mother and Father:
Wow… keep it classy…
If you had trouble hearing the audio in the clip, you can hear a young man clearly chirping McDavid and saying, “You got to start winning games, man. You going to get traded. You need better players, man.”
Pretty safe to say that this joker DOES NOT represent Oilers fans as a whole and it'll be interesting to see whether or not McDavid addresses this encounter personally.