Skip to content
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER Responsible Gaming Responsible Gaming
Join
New York Rangers are confident of a Stanley Cup challenge
  1. NHL

NHL - US Sports: Sillinger a special talent for Blue Jackets

Coach Brad Larsen branded 18-year-old forward Cole Sillinger a "special talent" after he scored his first NHL hat-trick in a 6-4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets, 300/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, selected the 6'2" centre with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

Sillinger earning high praise

In his debut NHL season, the American has scored 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 57 games.

The hat-trick for Sillinger came in the space of just 14.33 minutes, becoming just the seventh 18-year-old to score a hat-trick in the NHL since 1991/92. 

Sillinger became the fifth rookie in Blue Jackets history to score three in a game and the second youngest in history to do so, with only Nikita Filatov's 2009 hat-trick coming from a younger player.

Related NHL News

Ovechkin chase is no distraction

Stamkos brushes aside Lightning losses

Pavelski still believes in Stars

Panthers coach makes case for defence

Following injury to Booner Jenner, Sillinger was moved the Blue Jackets' top-line against the Vegas Golden Knights by coach Larsen, who says what impresses him most about the American is his consistent work ethic and exceptional compete level.

Larsen expects even more to come from Sillinger

44-year-old Larsen was promoted to head coach from the position of assistant in the off-season and signed a contract through to the end of the 2023/24 season.

The Blue Jackets (30-27-3) currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division and are 13 points from the closest Wild Card spot to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs from the Eastern Division.

Larsen said to the media about Sillinger: "I think he can be a special player. A real special player. He's 18 years old. There's a long way to go, but this is a special night for him and his family, and all the hard work he's put in."

Discover more from the world's favourite online betting brand

More US sports betting news

Latest sports betting lines

Win more with our US sports parlay bonus

Watch NHL live streaming

Head to the bet365 YouTube channel for exclusive content

Latest US sports results

Sign up - bet365 Open Account Offer

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy