The Detroit Red Wings selected Dylan Larkin fifteenth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday night, making Larkin the first Michigan born player selected this year.
Larkin is a Waterford, Michigan native and will play at the University of Michigan next season.
Larkin was an assistant captain for the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2014 Under-18 world championship. He also finished second on the NTDP under-18 team with 31 goals and fourth with 56 points in 60 games.
Scouts like Larkin’s size, strength, speed, and puck handling abilities.
“Larkin has shown he can be an elite-level power forward in addition to showing a high level of offensive ability. His ability to take the puck hard to the net allows for unique scoring chances most players would not be able get because of a lack of size and strength.”-Future Considerations
“Dylan Larkin is a very strong skater, with strong top end speed, very good acceleration, and a great first step. This enables him to be very effective on the forecheck, as well as to gather loose pucks in all three zones of the ice. Larkin also has outstanding edgework and agility and can be extremely elusive. He has good balance and is very difficult to knock off the puck making him very effective in the cycle game and in battles for pucks along the boards. Larkin should only get better as he adds more muscle to his frame and fleshes out his game in the pros.”-Last Word On Sports
“If Schmaltz was the best offensive threat, Larkin was the most complete player on the US side. Playing center, Larkin was effective on both ends of the ice.”-SBN College Hockey
“I’m not just saying this, but I really do want to get drafted by Detroit,” Larkin said. “I think it would be cool. Obviously, grew up watching them. I’d be really happy with that.”
Larkin, and many Wings fan got their wish Friday night when the Wings decided to keep the Michigan boy right at home.