Position: Centre/Left Wing
Birthdate: July 30, 1996
2013-14 Team: United States National Team Development Program (USHL)
From: Detroit, Michigan
Larkin is a player that already looks like a pro. He plays an incredibly well rounded game for a player his age; effective on the offensive end of the ice, and responsible defensively. He’s got prototypical pro size and skates very well for a bigger forward. He played center for the NTDP squad this year, and had no difficulties handling the extra skating and defensive responsibilities the position requires.
Larkin is projected mid-to-late first round, so the weaknesses here aren’t huge. If there’s anything keeping him from being a top-ten pick, it’s that he doesn’t quite have the high-end scoring potential of some of the offensive prospects ranked ahead of him.
Dylan Larkin is a prospect that has very few holes in his game. He’s got good size, but skates very well. He also holds his own defensively and put up a near point-per-game for the USNTDP. As Chris Dilks notes, he’s expected to attend the University of Michigan next season, where he’ll likely play wing.
Dilks also points to Larkin’s relatively low point totals as a reason he probably won’t go in the top 10 of the 2014 NHL Draft. A team with pretty good forward depth such as the Dallas Stars at 14th overall, Philadelphia Flyers at 17th or San Jose Sharks at 20th could “draft and stash” him and allow him to develop in college for a couple of years.