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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Dylan Larkin

Friday, 06.20.2014 / 1:30 AM / Features
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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Dylan Larkin
The top-ranked American skater in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is 17-year-old Dylan Larkin. The Detroit native played for his hometown national champion Belle Tire bantam AAA team in 2010-11 scoring 23 goals (23g-24a-47pts) in 30 games. Larkin played for Belle Tire again in 2011-12 but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in November that kept him out the entire year. Despite the setback, Larkin was invited to the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, where he amassed 27 points (13g-14a) in 55 games during the 2012-13 season.

Dylan Larkin



Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Date of Birth/Age: July 30, 1996 (17)

Current Team: USA Under-18 NTDP

Position: Left Wing

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190 pounds

The top-ranked American skater in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is 17-year-old Dylan Larkin. The Detroit native played for his hometown national champion Belle Tire bantam AAA team in 2010-11 scoring 23 goals (23g-24a-47pts) in 30 games. Larkin played for Belle Tire again in 2011-12 but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in November that kept him out the entire year. Despite the setback, Larkin was invited to the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, where he amassed 27 points (13g-14a) in 55 games during the 2012-13 season.

Larkin was drafted by the Erie Otters in the 10th round of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft but decided to commit to the University of Michigan to play college hockey beginning in 2014-15. As the centerpiece of their recruiting class Larkin is fully expected to be on UM’s campus regardless of where he gets drafted. This could play into some draft day decisions. The unknown of when he will be available to participate with an NHL team may make some teams hesitant.

Larkin is often referred to as a complete player. He uses his 6-1, 190 pound frame effectively, and isn’t afraid to throw his body around. Larkin is responsible in all three zones, and isn’t short on offensive production. He scored 31 goals (31g-25a-56pts) in 60 games in 2013-14 with the Under-18 U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP). Larkin also helped Team USA win gold at the Under-18 World Hockey Championship this past year in Finland.

Larkin’s style of play has drawn comparisons to Montreal Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty. Gritty and full of heart, Larkin is revered by his teammates and coaches. His hockey knowledge and communication with his teammates make him a strong candidate to take on a position of leadership somewhere down the road in his career.

Scout’s Comments
"He skates well and has great closing speed, uses his body well. He has skill, but is not afraid of using physical play for puck possession. He has good vision and playmaking." - David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting


Statistics

 Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

 2010-2011

Belle Tire Bantam Major AAA

MWBEHL

30

23

24

47

41

 2011-2012

Belle Tire U16

T1EHL U16

20

13

7

20

16

 2012-2013

USNTDP Juniors

USHL

37

7

7

14

40

 

U.S. National U17 Team

USDP

55

13

14

27

54

 

USA U17

WHC-17

6

2

5

7

6

 2013-2014

USNTDP Juniors

USHL

26

17

9

26

24

 

U.S. National U18 Team

USDP

60

31

25

56

56

 

USA U18

WJC-18

6

2

2

4

2

 2014-2015

Univ. of Michigan

NCAA

-

-

-

-

-

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com



Combine Results:
Dylan finished in the Top 10 in the following categories at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine at Toronto International Centre on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

VO2MAX

Pos.         Name                            ML/KG/Min

1               MICHAEL BUNTING            67.4

2               DARBY LLEWELLYN           65.8

3               DYLAN SADOWY                64.0                                  

4               ALEX SCHOENBORN         63.2

5               JOSH WESLEY                   62.5

6               BRAYDEN POINT                62.4

7               MARCUS PETTERSSON    62.2

8               DYLAN LARKIN                   61.9          

9               BRANDON HICKEY             61.9

10            BRYCEN MARTIN                 61.6


Where Dylan Larkin is ranked:

International Scouting Services have Larkin ranked as the 15th-best overall player.
http://www.isshockey.com/

NHL Central Scouting has Larkin ranked as the 17th-best North American skater.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=712854

Craig Button of TSN has Larkin ranked as the 21th-best overall player.
http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=49649

Future Considerations has Larkin ranked as the 14th-best overall player.
http://futureconsiderations.ca/

Corey Pronman of ESPN has Larkin ranked as the 26th-best overall player.
http://espn.go.com/


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