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Dylan Larkin: Prospect Profile for Detroit Red Wings' 1st-Round Pick

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 29: Dylan Larkin poses for a head shot prior to testing at the NHL Combine May 29, 2014 at the Westin Bristol in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IJune 28, 2014

Player: Dylan Larkin

Drafted By: Detroit Red Wings (15th overall)

Position: Left Wing

Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 17 North American skater

Height/Weight: 6'1'', 190 lbs

DOB: July 30, 1996 (17 years old)

Most Recent Affiliation: USHL, USNTDP

 

Background

Dylan Larkin is an American-born winger who is currently representing the U.S. National Development Program. He tallied 17 goals and 26 points in 26 games this season and four points in six international games at the IIHF World U18 Championship.

 

Full Scouting Report

The Detroit native turned heads at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and was a key part of the second line of an American team that won gold at the U18 tournament. He is a great heart-and-soul player who skates with speed and likes crashing the net.

In The Hockey News' draft preview, one scout said he loved Larkin's game and suggested he would wear a letter on his NHL jersey some day.

He was a leader for Team USA and leads by example by leaving it all out on the ice. He is currently committed to play for legendary coach Red Berenson at Michigan, where he will have an opportunity to play with NHL prospects such as Cristoval Nieves (New York Rangers' 59th overall pick in 2012).

 

NHL Player Comparison

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 20: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 20, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by A
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Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay LightningLarkin is a good old American boy who plays with a lot of heart and tenacity. In many respects, he is a quicker and more offensive version of Callahan.

 

NHL Timetable

Larkin is committed to the NCAA, so he will make his debut in 2017-18 season if he stays for three seasons.

 

Top-End Potential

Larkin is a great energy player and heart-and-soul winger. He skates well, plays with confidence and likes crashing the net. He is bound to become a better overall player at Michigan and could develop into a two-way scorer in a second-line role at his NHL peak.

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