Part three of our three-part article based on Detroit Red Wings draftee Dylan Lakin. If you have not read part one or part two they can both be found here – Talking With Detroit Red Wings’ Prospects: Dylan Larkin | Part One and Talking With Detroit Red Wings’ Prospects: Dylan Larkin | Part Two.
While the other two articles focused on Dylan Larkin on the ice, the third on will focus on him off the ice.
Dylan Larkin was drafted with the fifteenth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft – the highest pick for the Detroit Red Wings since selecting Martin Lapointe with the tenth in 1991 -, but he has not let that go to his head.
Larkin said, “It’s pretty cool that it was that way, but, you know, they told me they were excited to have me and I have to keep working, I haven’t really proved anything. I am just another guy in the locker room.”
For Dylan Larkin seeing himself as nothing more than another guy in the locker room is the best thing he can do because being a first round pick does not guarantee a player anything. The worst thing Larkin could do is rest on his laurels and fall behind other prospects, but he is not doing that and sees everyone as a competitor for the job he wants.
Even when he was being asked about playing the NHL next season, all Larkin did was brush it off.
Larkin said, “Just because I see where I am now and I know where I am. Most people that ask that question have never seen me play, so they just kind of expect that and I don’t feel pressure, I feel people are rooting me on.”
Dylan Larkin knows there are areas he needs to work on and that he will be spending two or three-year at the University of Michigan. I am impressed by Larkin’s ability to step back and recognize that what some people might be saying about him might not be accurate, but take it as a compliment and feel they are rooting him on.
There are more than a few players who head into the draft with an attitude, but Dylan Larkin seems to have his head sitting squarely on his shoulders and has a mature attitude – a quality that is not usually seen in seventeen year-olds -. He knows there is work to do and he is willing to put the time in to fulfill his potential.