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by George Malik on 05/04/16 at 04:30 AM ET
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Dylan Larkin's future with the team, and at present, it involves #71 playing a center's role:
"I think we see him as a center, that’s what he’s been,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a recent phone interview with The Macomb Daily. “A center has way more responsibility than a winger so in order to kind of take some of that responsibility away from him (this year) and let him use some of his assets, his speed and his ability to transport the puck, we had (Henrik) Zetterberg, (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Riley) Sheahan down the middle.
“I’m not sure if Jeff Blashill is going to move him to the middle to start training camp,” Holland continued. “I know Blash sees him as a centerman.”
Larkin became the first rookie, and sixth overall, since Dale McCourt in 1979-80 to lead the team in goals. He also recorded the most goals (23) by a Wings rookie since Sergei Fedorov in 1990-91 (31) and the most points (45) by a first-year Wing since Nicklas Lidstrom in 1991-92 (60).
“He was a great story for us, great pick by our scouts,” Holland said. “He brings skills, but he’s very competitive and in the league you need competitive people. He’s ultra-competitive. He’s physical. When someone hits him he goes right back at them. He was physical in the Tampa (Bay) series.
“Really for a 19-year-old player to have that kind of an impact on a team that qualified for the playoffs makes for a very impressive rookie year and certainly we’re looking forward to things to come,” Holland added. “I really don’t know where he’s going with his career.”
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