The Detroit Red Wings are famous for finding gems in the middle-to-late rounds of the NHL Draft, but they hope their 2014 first round pick will follow a similar path to stardom as some of their late round picks, like Henrik Zetterberg.
With the No. 15 overall pick in the draft, the Red Wings drafted Dylan Larkin from the USA U-18 and the USHL.
The 6-1, 190-pound center and native of Waterford, Mich. finished second on the Under-18 team with 31 goals and his 56 points in 60 games played were good to finish fourth on his team.
“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.”
Larkin has great leadership skills as he was named as an assistant captain on Team USA’s team that took gold at the 2014 Under-18 World Championships when he scored two goals and added two assists during the tournament, with the highlight being a goal in the championship game.
He is committed to play for the University of Michigan.
The Red Wings always draft well and it appears they didn’t even need to leave the state to find a nice talent in Larkin.