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With The 15th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Dylan Larkin

Dylan Larkin
Age: 17
Position: Center
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190lbs
Junior Team: (USHL) US National Team Development Program
Stats: 60 GP / 31 G / 25 A / 56 P / 56 PIM

The 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft begins on June 27th and ends on June 28th this year and the Detroit Red Wings own the fifteenth pick in the draft.

Dylan Larkin is ranked 17th among North American players by Central Scouting and 15th by International Scouting.

Larkin is a Michigan native out of Waterford and would add to the list of local players to join the Detroit Red Wings organization.

He has committed to play for The University of Michigan next season and if the Red Wings end up drafting him, then he is at least three years away from joining the team.

Danny DeKeyserGustav NyquistJustin AbdelkaderDrew MillerJimmy HowardLuke Glendening, and Brendan Smith all played in the NCAA and are now with the Detroit Red Wings.

Going to the NCAA will give Larkin a few years to develop his game. Michigan has a great hockey program and head coach in Red Berenson, who will make sure Larkin is ready to take the next step to a professional career.

“He’s a throwback – he gets the puck and goes with it,” head coach Red Berenson said. “He can make things happen, but the thing I like is he competes hard, and he’s like [sophomore] JT Compher – you notice him every shift.

Dylan Larkin’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Skating - Smooth skater, who possess top end speed and great acceleration.
  1. Playmaking - Only put up 25 assists with the USNTDP, but the tools are there and will transfer to the pro game better than his scoring abilities.
  1. Shot - 31 goals this past season with the USNTDP. He crashes the net well, has a quick release, and gets puck on net with speed.

Flaws:

  1. Physicality - Larkin started going to the heavy traffic areas more this season, but has to work on becoming a more physical player on the boards and without the puck.
  1. Size - Dylan is only 6’0″ and 190 pounds, but is still growing. He needs to add more strength to his frame.
  1. Defensive positioning – Larkin has solid defensive awareness, but is not always in the right spot defensively, or cannot get his stick into the passing lanes. He is more than willing to block shot though.

NHL Comparable:

  1. Valtteri Filppula – Like Filppula he might look to pass first when he makes the jump to the professional ranks.
  1. David Legwand – Not afraid to go to the gritty areas, but will always have more assists than goals. 20 goals might be his cap.
  1. Stephen Weiss – A player who could be a number one on a non-playoff team, but a number two on a team that is consistently contending.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

Dylans Larkin would give the Detroit Red Wings a smart playmaking center, who has the potential to be a number two center on a playoff team or a very good number three that could move up in case of an emergency.

Career Potential:

A second or third line center, who is going to tally more assists than goals, but who has a nice shot to compliment his passing abilities.

 

 

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