Part two of our three-part article based on Detroit Red Wings draftee Dylan Lakin. If you have not read part one, then you can read it right here - Talking With Detroit Red Wings’ Prospects: Dylan Larkin | Part One.
Dylan Larkin spent most of his time next to Anthony Mantha while going through the drills and that did not change during the scrimmages.
Dylan Larkin centered Anthony Mantha and camp invitee Kyle Baun on the Red team’s first line.
In the scrimmages, Dylan Larkin was able to show off his passing by putting two or three pucks through traffic and directly on the tape of his teammates’ stick. More than a few of his passes led to scoring opportunities, but none of the chances produced a goal for his team.
In the face-off circle, Larkin was one of the better players on the ice; even up against Andreas Athanasiou – who was one of the better face-off winners during the drill – Larkin won the majority of his draws, including a few important ones.
Although thought of as more of a playmaking forward, Dylan Larkin proved during the scrimmage that he has a quick release and a hard shot to go with it. He was not able to beat the goaltenders, but it showed there was more in his toolbox he can work with moving forward.
On the defensive side of the puck, Larkin was always one of the first forwards back in the defensive zone to help out the defense and the goaltender. Larkin was rarely out of position and kept his feet moving, which is important in the Red Wings man-on-man defensive system.
There were a few time he lost his man, but that will happen during the course of a game and especially when you are learning a defensive system.
When asked about the scrimmages Larkin said, “It’s good to get game time in and feel the intensity of the game.”
Dylan Larkin looked good on the ice at Development Camp and while we will have to wait another year before we see Larkin in a Red Wings jersey, but when the NCAA season begins there will be a lot of people watching him closely to gauge his development.