EDMONTON, AB - Forward prospect Colin Larkin signed with the Oilers on March 5, 2018, as a college free agent after four seasons at Umass-Boston.
The 24-year-old, whose brother is none other than Detroit Red Wings speedster Dylan Larkin, described the Oilers pitch while he was at Development Camp a few weeks ago.
The 6-foot-3, 192-pound forward admitted there wasn't much the Oilers brass needed to say to convince him to sign with the organization.
Rather, it was the other way around.
"Honestly, I felt like I was selling myself to the Oilers more than anything," Larkin said.
"It was at the end of my college season at UMass-Boston. I had a couple meetings with the Oilers towards the end of my season."
Larkin described some selling points the Oilers organization used to entice the free agent.
"They don't need to say much," he added. "There's a lot of prestige in this organization. There's a chance to play with young players, there's a lot of high draft picks and a lot of elite talent in this organization.
"I think the arena and facilities are state of the art. That's part of their pitch. Just to get an opportunity to sign with the Oilers was a dream come true."
Larkin concluded his best collegiate campaign in his senior year in 2017-18, recording 24 goals and 46 points in 27 outings, ending his Div. III career with 148 points in 111 games. The opportunity the Oilers presented was too hard to pass up for the eldest Larkin.
"I had a lot of success at the college level in Div. III," Larkin said. "The opportunity to join the young talent here and get a chance with the Oilers was a no-brainer for me. I was extremely excited to sign with Edmonton. That was a really proud moment."
Larkin, who resembles his brother physically but also plays a similar style of game, understood he was coming from a Div. III program but believed it was the best for his development. The former Umass-Boston Beacon joined the club as a freshman in 2014-15, scoring 10 goals and 27 points in 27 matches. By the time Larkin became a senior in '17-18, the prospect was heralded as team captain.
"Being able to go in as a freshman, be a top power play guy, a penalty kill guy, a top-six forward right away and then develop into a top player in the league and country at that level was huge for me," Larkin said. "It kept my development going instead of not playing or trying to get in and out of the lineup and changing my role.
"My development was perfect there at the Div. III level and I wouldn't have had the opportunity if I hadn't gone to UMass-Boston."