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Dylan Larkin
Born July 30, 1996,
Waterford Township, Michigan, USA
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Detroit Red Wings
Belle Tire Bantam Minor AAA
Belle Tire Bantam Major
USNTDP Juniors
U.S. National U17 Team
U.S. National U18 Team
Univ. of Michigan
Grand Rapids Griffins
Ntl. team Flag of the United States.png United States of America
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2014
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2009–present

Dylan Larkin (born July 30, 1996) is an American-Canadian Hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. Larkin was drafted 15th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career


During the 2012–13 season, Larkin skated for USA Hockey's U17 team in his first season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor. In 55 games he scored 13 goals and 14 assists. Larkin recorded one goal and one assist in four games at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland as the USA finished in first place. Larkin recorded three goals in four games for the third-place USA squad at the 2013 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Finland.[1]

During the 2013–14 season, Larkin returned to skate for the NTDP's U18 team in his second season in Ann Arbor, where he finished second on the NTDP U18 team with 31 goals and fourth with 56 points in 60 games.[2] Larkin was selected to participate in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 26, 2013. Larkin finished the AAPG with a goal and an assist.[3]

Larkin was ranked 17th by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau on their final list of the top draft-eligible North American skaters leading into the 2014 NHL Draft.[4][5] Larkin was drafted 15th overall by Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[6]


Dylan Larkin playing for Michigan in 2014.

Larkin began his collegiate career for the Michigan Wolverines during the 2014–15 season. Larkin was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Rookie of the Month for January. Larkin led all college hockey freshmen with 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in six games, and was number two overall in the nation, second to teammate Zach Hyman, with an average of 2.33 points per game during the month of January. Larkin recorded a point in every game during the month and had an eight-game point streak (eight goals and 10 assists) overall. Larkin's overall points-per-game average (1.43 points per game) is the second best in the last 60 years among Michigan freshmen, behind only Bruno Baseotto's 2.0 points per game in 1979–80. On January 16, 2015, Larkin recorded a career-best five-point night (two goals and three assists) in a 10–6 win at Ohio State, and became the first Michigan freshman to record five points in a game since October 18, 1997, when Mike Van Ryn had five assists in a 6–4 win against Colgate.[7]

On February 24, 2015, Larkin was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week. On February 20, Larkin recorded a goal and an assist and 12 shots on goal, the most shots in a game by a Michigan player since Jeff Tambellini recorded 13 shots against Quinnipiac on October 18, 2003. On February 22, Larkin recorded a goal and three assists in a 5–2 win against Ohio State.[8] Larkin leads all Big Ten freshmen with 43 points (15 goals and 28 assists), becoming the first Michigan freshman to reach 40 points since Aaron Palushaj during the 2007–08 season. Larkin was number three in the nation in freshman scoring, number five in the nation with an average of 0.91 assists per game, and number six in the nation with a scoring average of 1.34 points per game. Larkin led all freshmen with an average of 4.41 shots a game. Following an outstanding rookie season with the Wolverines, Larkin was selected as the Big Ten's 2014–15 Freshman of the year. He was also named to both the 2014–15 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten First Team and named an AHCA Second Team All-American.[9] [10]

During the quarterfinals of the 2015 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Larkin recorded one goal and three assists, to break a single-game Big Ten Tournament point record. This record was surpassed the following year when J. T. Compher recorded five assists in a single game.[11][12][13]


Larkin playing for the Red Wings in the 2015-16 NHL preseason.

On May 21, 2015, it was announced that Larkin signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings, forgoing his final three seasons of eligibility at the University of Michigan.[14] He was assigned to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, after signing an amateur tryout.[15][16]

Larkin made his debut for the Grand Rapids Griffins on May 24, 2015, during game one of the Western Conference finals against the Utica Comets.[17] On May 25, in his second game with the Griffins, Larkin scored his first professional goal against Jacob Markström.[18]

On October 5, 2015, Larkin made the Red Wings' final roster for the 2015–16 season, becoming the first 19-year-old to debut on opening night since Mike Sillinger in 1990–91.[19] In his NHL debut, on October 9, 2015, Larkin recorded his first career NHL point, an assist in the first period, and his first NHL goal in the second period against Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He became the first Red Wings teenager to score in his first NHL game since Steve Yzerman in 1983.[20][21] On November 21, Larkin scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game, becoming the first Red Wings teenager to do so since Steve Yzerman in 1984–85.[22] Larkin was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November 2015. He led all rookies with seven goals in 13 games in November. He leads all rookies with 10 goals, and a +14 plus/minus rating. He shares first with three game-winning goals, and ranks third with 18 points and 64 shots on goal in 24 games this season.[23]

On March 24, 2016, in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Larkin recorded his 200th shot of the season, becoming just the fifth Red Wings rookie to do so, following Marcel Dionne, Sergei Fedorov, Reed Larson and Dale McCourt.[24]

Larkin was named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. Larkin was the seventh Detroit rookie to play in the All-Star Game, but only the third chosen to play. He was the first Red Wings rookie to play in the All-Star Game since Yzerman in 1984.[25] At the NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, he set the NHL record for fastest skater, with a time of 13.172 seconds, breaking Mike Gartner's record of 13.386 that was set in 1996.[26]

During his rookie season, Larkin recorded 23 goals and 22 assists in 80 games. Larkin became the sixth rookie in franchise history to lead the team in goals and the first since Mike Foligno led the team with 36 in the 1979–80 season. He also led the Red Wings with a +11 plus/minus rating, 221 shots on goal, and five game-winning goals.[27] Following an outstanding rookie season, Larkin was named the Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. He finished among the league's rookie leaders with 23 goals (T3rd), 22 assists (11th), 45 points (6th), a plus-11 rating (T5th), five game-winning goals (T2nd), 221 shots on goal (2nd) and 16:32 average time on ice (5th among forwards).[28] Larkin was named the 2016 Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year by members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

International play

Medal record
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World Championships
Bronze 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze 2018 Denmark {{{2}}}
World U18 Championships
Gold 2014 Finland
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze 2013 Canada

Larkin represented the United States at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he won a bronze medal. Larkin was the third-leading scorer for the United States, recording two goals and five assists in six games.[29]

Larkin represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he was an assistant captain, and won a gold medal. Larkin recorded two goals and two assists in six games.[30]

Larkin represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was the team's leading scorer, and was tied for tournament lead with five goals in five games.[31] He was named one of Team USA's top three players of the tournament.[32][33]

Larkin represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded one assist in ten games, and won a bronze medal. He was a mainstay on the team's penalty killing unit.[34][35]

Larkin represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two goals and seven assists in ten games. Larkin represented Team North America U23 at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he recorded one assist in two games.[36]

Larkin also played at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 World Championships.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 US NTDP USHL 37 7 7 14 40
2013–14 US NTDP USHL 26 17 9 26 24
2014–15 University of Michigan BIG 35 15 32 47 42
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 3 2 5 6
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 23 22 45 34 5 1 0 1 18
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 17 15 32 37
NHL totals 160 40 37 77 71 5 1 0 1 18


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States U17 Bronze medal icon.svg 6 2 5 7 6
2014 United States U18 Gold medal icon.svg 6 2 2 4 2
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 5 2 7 4
2015 United States WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 0 1 1 6
2016 United States WC 4th 10 2 7 9 8
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 2 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 17 9 9 18 12
Senior totals 22 2 9 11 16

Awards and achievements

Awards Year
All-Big Ten Freshman Team 2014–15 [10]
All-Big Ten First Team 2014–15
Big Ten Freshman of the Year 2014–15
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2014–15 [9]
Rookie of the Month November, 2015 [37]
NHL All-Star Game 2016 [25]


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  3. Caples, Michael (September 30, 2013). Wolverines commit Dylan Larkin impresses at All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh. Retrieved on September 30, 2013.
  4. USHL Players Highlight NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings. USHL (April 8, 2014). Retrieved on April 8, 2014.
  5. Reznik, Shawn (May 29, 2014). Dylan Larkin – The Next Ones: NHL 2014 Draft Prospect Profile. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  6. 1st Round Draft Pick. Detroit Red Wings (June 27, 2014). Retrieved on June 27, 2014.
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  8. Larkin, Hyman Skate to Big Ten First and Second Stars. CBS Interactive (February 24, 2015). Retrieved on February 24, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hyman, Larkin Selected as All-Americans. CBS Interactive (April 10, 2015). Retrieved on April 10, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hyman, Larkin Lead Quintet of U-M All-Big Ten Honorees. CBS Interactive (March 16, 2015). Retrieved on March 16, 2015.
  11. Peterson, Craig (March 19, 2015). Larkin has four-point night in UM win. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  12. 2015 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Game Notes. CBS Interactive (March 19, 2015). Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  13. 2016 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Game Notes. CBS Interactive (March 18, 2016). Retrieved on March 18, 2016.
  14. Kulfan, Ted. "Dylan Larkin to leave Michigan, join Wings", Detroit News, May 21, 2015. 
  15. Larkin Signs Pro Contract with Detroit Red Wings. CBS Interactive (May 21, 2015). Retrieved on May 21, 2015.
  16. Larkin signed to ATO. Grand Rapids Griffins (May 21, 2015). Retrieved on May 21, 2015.
  17. Wallner, Peter (May 25, 2015). Red Wings top pick Dylan Larkin makes pro debut as Griffins seek best way to use him. MLive. Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  18. Wallner, Peter (May 25, 2015). Griffins 4, Comets 2: Dylan Larkin scores twice to even series. MLive. Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  19. Roose, Bill (October 5, 2015). Larkin makes Wings' final roster. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on October 5, 2015.
  20. Red Wings forward Larkin scores in NHL debut. National Hockey League (October 9, 2015). Retrieved on October 9, 2015.
  21. Niyo, John (October 10, 2015). Larkin's big step up is smooth skating. Retrieved on October 10, 2015.
  22. Sipple, George (November 21, 2015). Detroit 4, St. Louis 3 (OT): Pulkkinen wins it for Wings. Retrieved on November 21, 2015.
  23. Roose, Bill (December 1, 2015). League names Larkin rookie of the month. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on December 1, 2015.
  24. Wakiji, Dana (March 25, 2016). Shooting star. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on March 25, 2016.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Wakiji, Dana (January 6, 2016). Larkin lone Wings' All-Star. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on January 6, 2016.
  26. Manzullo, Brian (January 30, 2016). Red Wings' Larkin sets record in NHL skills competition. Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  27. Wakiji, Dana (April 27, 2016). Larkin had successful year, wants more. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on April 27, 2016.
  28. Kujawa, Kyle (May 24, 2016). Larkin named Red Wings rookie of the year. Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved on May 24, 2016.
  29. 2013 World Under-17 Challenge Roster Announced. USA Hockey (December 20, 2012). Retrieved on December 20, 2012.
  30. USA Golden at U18 World Championship. (April 29, 2014). Retrieved on April 29, 2014.
  31. Four Wolverines Named to Final Roster for U.S. World Junior Team. CBS Interactive (December 26, 2014). Retrieved on December 26, 2014.
  32. U.S. National Junior Team Falls to Russia, 3-2, in Quarterfinals. USA Hockey (January 2, 2015). Retrieved on January 2, 2015.
  33. Khan, Ansar (January 6, 2015). Red Wings prospects Dylan Larkin, Joe Hicketts impressed during World Junior Championship. Retrieved on January 6, 2015.
  34. Larkin Named to 2015 U.S. World Championship Roster. CBS Interactive (April 14, 2015). Retrieved on April 14, 2015.
  35. Larkin Earns Bronze Medal with USA Hockey at World Championships. CBS Interactive (May 18, 2015). Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
  36. Harris, Paul (August 18, 2016). World Cup has Red Wings forwards eager to compete. National Hockey League. Retrieved on August 18, 2016.
  37. Wings' Larkin named rookie of month for November. National Hockey League (December 1, 2015). Retrieved on December 1, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anthony Mantha
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Evgeny Svechnikov
Preceded by
J. T. Compher
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Succeeded by
Kyle Connor