MLive’s Ansar Khan continues his player profiles this morning by examining Dylan Larkin’s 2018-19 season and 2019-2020 season outlook. Khan suggests that Larkin hasn’t reached his ceiling as a player yet:
2019-20 outlook: Larkin stepped up with the best of his four NHL seasons in his first full season as the top-line center following Henrik Zetterberg’s retirement and nearly doubled his goal output from the previous two seasons combined.
In the first year of a five-year, $30.5 million contract, Larkin fulfilled his goal of being that “go-to guy that is a main cog,” playing in all situations and stepping up in overtime.
Larkin was better defensively and must continue improving his play without the puck.
He formed good chemistry late in the season with linemates Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi.
Larkin’s effort has never been questioned. His motor is always running, and he is highly motivated to keep improving and lead this team. He is certain to be the Red Wings’ next captain, whether it’s this season (which seems likely) or in 2020-21.