Dylan Larkin | C USA U18 | NTDP
Height: 6’0” Weight: 184 Shoots: Left
Born: July 30, 1996
2012-2013 U-17 GP: 55 G: 13 A: 13 P: 26 +/-: N/A PIM: 52
|Larkin is currently in his second season with the US National|
Team Development Program (Photo Credit: USA NTDP)
Larkin is one of the highest ranked USA born players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. After graduating from the Belle Tire Midget Minor program, Larkin moved on to spend a season with the USA National Team Development Program U17 team and now U18 team. And despite being drafted by the Erie Otters in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and by Vityaz Podolsk in the 2013 KHL Draft, it appears that Larkin will be taking the college route. The young center is committed to play for the University of Michigan, starting in the fall of 2014.
With power forward potential, Larkin has continued to display his success at the U18 level this season. In 25 games, Larkin has scored 15 goals and added nine assists for 24 points. And thus far, he has continued to show a high level of offensive ability that has come with a power forward style of play. A hard competitor, Larkin has the size, strength and presence of mind to take the puck hard to the net to create chances. He is also an effective passer, delivering quick, precise passes to teammates.
However, with that size, Larkin also brings a defensive mindset to his game. The Michigan native prides himself on being a difficult player to play against. Showing a willingness to jump back into the play to help out, Larkin is an effective two way player who plays a physical brand of hockey.
A pure skater with a great first stride, Larkin also has a lot of quickness and agility which he utilizes in all three zones.
Humble, with a laid back demeanor, USA Hockey’s Jim Johansson says Larkin already has the look of a pro. Assertive and willing to put in the hard work in the dirty areas, he plays the game with confidence. Bringing a great mix of quickness, hockey IQ, skill and grit, Larkin has the ability to create some quality scoring chances.