He’s 19. He is a key player for Detroit. He is one of the top three best rookies in the NHL. He is Dylan Larkin.
If you’re a Detroit Red Wings fan, there is a big chance you put a Larkin jersey on your Christmas list this year.
At only 19 years old and playing his first year in the NHL, Larkin is climbing the charts and proving how lucky Detroit is to have him every game.
Larkin was drafted 15h overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Draft and the rest is in the books. This kid is unstoppable. Larkin excelled playing for the University of Michigan and fans knew they were watching a star in the making.
On May 21st, 2015 he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Red Wings. On May 25th, 2015 Larkin wasted no time and scored his first professional goal playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in his second game with them. In his NHL debut on October 9th, 2015 he recorded his first NHL assist and then his first NHL goal. He then became the first Red Wings teenager to score in his first NHL games since 1983 who was none other than Steve Yzerman. On November 21st, Larkin scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game since Yzerman in 1983 as well. To be following in the footsteps of a man like Yzerman, says a lot about Larkin. (Let me mention again that he is only 19!!!)
Larkin quickly became on the radar for all Detroit fans. To be only 19 and putting up so many points in the NHL, he quickly made his way into fan’s hearts, as well as teenage girls. He became a role model for young hockey players everywhere as he showed the NHL world all he had to offer.
In November of 2015 he was named NHL Rookie of the Month and led all rookies with seven goals in thirteen games in November. He now ranks third with eighteen points and 64 shots in 24 games this season.
As the season continues, Larkin continues to improve and be a key player for the Detroit Red Wings. He can only improve as the season continues and his career extends. Keep an eye out for 71 on the ice, Detroit’s young dynasty.