Detroit Red Wings Prospect Dylan Larkin is Coming to Pros


A story line that had gotten buried in all the Mike Babcock news, Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has made his choice. Larkin is leaving the University of Michigan Wolverines and coming to the pros. The choice comes after the 2015 World Championships where Larkin was playing and helped team USA win the bronze.

Larkin is coming to the pros at the young age of 18 and is coming to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins team when they start their series against the Utica Comets.

Larkin and the Red Wings agreed to a three-year entry-level contract. While Larkin was playing at the World Championships, he is now headed to the Calder Cup playoffs.

The Griffins and Comets conference finals starts this Sunday in Utica New York. Larkin will make his Griffins home debut next week Thursday. He will be added to the young group of prospects such as Tyler Bertuzzi, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Alexey Marchenko.

Larkin was the Detroit Red Wings first round pick in last years NHL draft. He went to play hockey at U-M and put up big numbers while there. He scored 15 goals along with 32 assists with a plus 18 rating in 35 games. After the college hockey season ended Larkin went to play with team USA at the World Championships in the Czech Republic.

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It will be interesting to see what Larkin can do at the AHL level and what he will do to help the Griffins in the their quest for a second Calder Cup in three years. Will he be a silent added player, or will he be a shinning star that makes a name for himself like Tyler Bertuzzi has so far this after he was called up?

I think Larkin could easily be as helpful as Bertuzzi has been so far in the playoffs. I don’t think that he will get hidden behind Pulkkinen and company. Larkin is a fast skater and has the ability to see the puck well on both sides of the ice. He makes as few mistakes as possible and can be only helpful for the Griffins. There is a reason the Red Wings took this kid in the first round. He has the ability to be a key player and will work his butt off to show you.

It also gives him time with Jeff Blashill, who could be the next head coach of the Red Wings following Babcock leaving. Having a talent such as Larkin being coached by the guy that could be running the big club next season is nothing but a good thing.

So how do you think Larkin will do in Grand Rapids? Will he fall back or do great? Let us know below and don’t forget to stay connected to Detroit Jock City for all your Detroit Red Wings news.

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