Dylan Larkin, hype man

Several Red Wings players have been taking part in Power Edge Pro’s hockey camp at USA Hockey Arena this past week, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan headed to Plymouth to speak with Dylan Larkin. The prospective captain of the Red Wings spoke particularly enthusiastically regarding his team’s potential:

“We can be very competitive every night and go on hot stretches,” said Larkin, adding there’s one important ingredient: “Get off to a good start.”

He added: “We’re going to have to come out to a good start, and that’s something we didn’t do last year (1-7-2). It’s all-in the start and getting some steam and getting buzz around town, and young guys contributing and gaining confidence.”

Part of the excitement surrounding the Wings is the arrival of general manager Steve Yzerman.

The Red Wings legend and Hall of Famer replaced long-time GM Ken Holland (who went to Edmonton) in April, and Yzerman’s arrival – after a successful run as the Tampa Bay Lightning GM – has injected excitement among Wings’ fans.

Larkin has only spoken sparingly with Yzerman this offseason but can see and feel Yzerman’s impact.

“His history and legacy speak for itself,” Larkin said. “He’s a pretty impressive guy. Just how dialed into the game he is, and what he’s done with Tampa, he knows what it takes to get to the level they’re at. I’m just real excited for it.”


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