This morning, the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa penned a front-page article profiling Dylan Larkin:
As he learns more and more about playing in the NHL in the third season of his three-year contract, it is ever more apparent that his intention is to play as well as he can, for as long as he can, for his hometown team.
He plainly desires to be a star. And that is good, because the Red Wings could use three or four of them, presently.
Larkin’s determination and toil seem to match his yearning.
With six goals in his last nine games, 40 percent of Larkin’s 15 goals have come in an eruption during seven percent of the season. While increasing his team leads in assists (47) and points (62), it is as if he built to a crescendo in finishing a successful 82-game campaign.
The self-evaluation of the 21-year-old from Walled Lake? Straight from the how-to book for NHL stars.
“Well, it does feel good to score, I guess, here at the end,” he said. “I wish, you know, I would have had a better start. It would have been a nice cap to a better all-around season.
“But, you know what? Just building toward next year, and having the confidence that I know I can score in this league. When I get hot and I have confidence in myself shooting, it’s having fun and it helps our team.”