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Dylan Larkin ready for the red carpet.
In the first picture he is with Taylor Hall and John Scott.
You can watch all the proceedings on the NHL Network starting at 5:00pm ET and the Skills Competion at 7:00pm on NBCSN.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins know how the Wings feel about home ice of late. Grand Rapids is now 0-4-and-1 in its last 5 home games after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies, surrendering 3 3rd-period goals after buildng a 2-1 lead--and surrendering those 3 3rd-period goals in the game's final 6:22 of regulation.
Dylan Larkin's first day at the NHL's All-Star Weekend was spent taking part in "media day," and Larkin, who doesn't kow any of his non-Red Wings teammates, admitted that he's feeling nervous about this weekend's festivities, as he told NHL.com's Dan Rosen...
"I feel more nervous than I would for an actual game," Larkin said Friday. "I don't really know many guys and I don't really know what's going on."
Larkin was a fan until this season, another teenager dreaming of one day getting his chance but never expecting it to come this soon.
He was playing for the University of Michigan last season, and participating in the IIHF World Junior Championship with the United States. Now he's an All-Star from an NHL Original Six franchise on pace for a 25-goal season before he turns 20 years old.
Larkin is third in goals (15), assists (18) and points (33) among rookies.
"Just to be here is awesome, especially as a young guy to see all these guys, how they handle themselves with the media and how they represent themselves in public," Larkin said. "It's just really cool, special to me to be a part of this. I grew up watching most of these guys."
If you have some free time this weekend, the Clark Park Hockey Coalition is attempting to raise funds to sustain the program today and on Saturday, as noted by the Associated Press...
Former members of the Detroit Red Wings will skate during an alumni game to raise funds for youth hockey.
The annual Frozen Fish Fiasco starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.
The event is a weekend of games featuring amateur teams from youth hockey organizations. It has raised more than $75,000 for the Clark Park Coalition.
Team STAHLS' is the alumni team's opponent. It was formed by a group of workers from Sterling Heights-based Stahls' which is a direct supplier of jerseys to professional sports teams.
And WWJ Newsradio 950:
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Petr Mrazek was named the "ECHL Alumnus of the Month," most likely preceding NHL Player of the Month honors...
The 23-year-old went 7-1-1 in nine appearances in January with two shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He allowed two goals or less in eight of his nine appearances and made at least 22 saves in seven games.
Mrazek has appeared in 32 games with the Red Wings this season posting a record of 18-9-4 with three shutouts. He is second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage and ranks third with a 2.03 goals-against average.
Selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Mrazek has seen action in 73 career NHL games going 37-23-6 with eight shutouts, a 2.14 goals-against average and a save percentage of .926.
2. And NHL.com's Pete Jensen suggests that Mrazek is the Red Wings' "fantasy hockey MVP" thus far:
NHL.com just released its list of Eastern Conference All-Star Skills Competition participants, and Dylan Larkin will take part in three events:
Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay: Stick handling: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
Discover NHL Shootout: ...
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)
Update: Dylan Larkin took part in a media Q and A session with the assembled media at the All-Star Weekend in Nashville today, and Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough is first out of the chute with a Larkin profile/ and Q and A:
Red Wings broadcaster Ken Kal spoke with Wings fans in a Twitter Q and A this morning, and here are his comments:
Two more Dylan Larkin profiles popped up overnight. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Larkin's former coach, US NTDP coach Danton Cole, about Larkin's fiery temperament...
At the national training program, sports psychologists talk about it with the young hopefuls: resolving and refocusing raw emotions, especially the urge for retributive violence that often arises in hockey. Cole said the person who worked with Larkin’s age group called it “the temperature gauge.”
“It can’t get too hot. It can’t get too cold,” Cole said. “You know, it’s somewhere in the middle. There is where you’ve got to find kind of the right temp, where you play your game at.
“I think Dylan has kind of found that. Whereas, before, you know, it was maybe a little too much. I think he’s got it in a pretty good spot now, where he’s focused. But the compete and the battle is still there.”
Krupa continues, and MLive's Brendan Savage both posted a set of Larkin "highlight clips" and he conducted an interview with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Larkin's potential, comparing and contrasting Larkin's rookie season with that of Steve Yzerman:
"I think we all kind of realized early on in Steve Yzerman's career that he was going to be a special player," Holland said. "Now how special? What's he going to accomplish individually and what's he going to lead as he became a captain?
"In Dylan's case, we're all watching. He's got his whole future ahead of him. He's 19 years of age. My take is I guess I live moment to moment because that's my job description. My vision goes out a year. I don't look five and six and seven years.
"My vision goes out this year and into the summertime and the salary cap and what are we looking at into September?"
via Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Wings are ranked #12 in the Super 16...
12. Detroit Red Wings (25-16-8)
Last week: No. 10
Good: Petr Mrazek enters the break with a .932 save percentage in 33 games, tops among all goalies with 30 or more games.
Not so good: Gustav Nyquist has one goal in the past 16 games.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening, and of George-related commenting for the evening:
1. As Paul reported, Fox Sports Detroit is going to televise the Wings-Avs alumni game preceding the Stadium Series game between the Red Wings and Avalanche, with the alumni game taking place on February 26th. There's no word as to whether Mickey Redmond, who's coaching the Wings' team, will be on a seven-second delay, but the cast of characters thus far, per MLive's Ansar Khan, reads like a fine group of bleepable folks:
Red Wings color analyst Mickey Redmond, who played for the club from 1970-76, will serve as the head coach and be mic'ed up for player interviews during the broadcast. Ken Daniels will be involved in the play-by-play of the game.
The Alumni Game will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions.
The list of former Red Wings who have committed to play includes Doug Brown, Dino Ciccarelli, Kris Draper, Steve Duchesne, Jiri Fischer, Tomas Holmstrom, Joe Kocur, Martin Lapointe, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Larry Murphy and Steve Yzerman.
We're still waiting to find out whether Chris Osgood's recovered enough from his hernia surgery to take part in the game...The Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Ty Conklin will be tending the net for the Wings as well.
2. Also as Paul reported, Olympia Development gave the local media a tour of the Red Wings follow-on rink's construction site--on a day that The District Detroit did took press release victory lap about all the contracts it's awarded to Detroit-based or Detroit-owned business--Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea took a tour of the site, as did the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar...
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