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