LaCouture Bolts BU, Signs With Edmonton

Boston University forward Dan LaCouture has signed a multiyear contract with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. LaCouture would have been a sophomore this fall.

The signing came soon after the Oilers acquired LaCouture, 20, in a trade with the New York Islanders, who drafted him 29th overall in 1996.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound LaCouture played in 31 games for NCAA runner-up BU last season, recording 13 goals and 12 assists. He also took home a silver medal after playing for Team USA at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

LaCouture is the second big-name Hockey East underclassman within a week to announce he has turned pro, following on the heels of New Hampshire’s Eric Nickulas several days ago.