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Dylan Larkin Becoming A Complete Player

from Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Larkin had excelled in his first 50 games as a rookie in 2015-16, scoring 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists). He had shown holes in his game after that -- not stopping on pucks, not managing the puck well -- but the stretch run wasn't the time to teach.

So after the season, Blashill told Larkin it was his job to make him a complete player. When Larkin didn't do what he was supposed to do early in 2016-17, he got his ice time cut, or got an earful on the bench, or got a video session.

"A lot of times, I didn't like it, or I wanted it to be different," Larkin said. "But there's really nothing he could have done [differently]. It was all in my play."

Larkin made progress with the Red Wings as the season went on and became Blashill's go-to guy for the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, playing in all situations.

He leads the Red Wings with 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) entering their Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). He's on pace for 63 points, 18 more than his NHL career high of 45 (23 goals, 22 assists) from 2015-16.

Though he hasn't scored in 10 games and is on pace for 11 goals, which would be an NHL career low, he hasn't lacked chances.

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“A lot of times, I didn’t like it, or I wanted it to be different,” Larkin said. “But there’s really nothing he could have done [differently]. It was all in my play.”

Huh? A player admitting Blashill handled him correctly?!?!??!???

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/13/17 at 12:14 PM ET

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If there’s one thing to be positive about this year, it’s this. Larks is playing in all situations and looks good doing it. Every night he’s been fun to watch.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 12/13/17 at 12:20 PM ET

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Huh? A player admitting Blashill handled him correctly?!?!??!???

Or a player saying that Blashill isn’t a good enough coach to actually help a young player improve.

It all depends on your perspective.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 12/13/17 at 01:23 PM ET

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Oh boy, HHHT is not going to like this, goes against everything it holds dear…

First things first, he got his ice time cut, Ice time Cut? What what WHAT? That’s not supposed to happen. Larkin is a protected HHHT player, because he is a guy that can put up stats, therefore he should be given top 6 minutes, play against the other teams best whether he can defend them or not, and all the above should happen right after draft day, irrespective of where he is, how he is playing, be a ice time leader. This would indicate ice time is earned or something psshhh…

or got an earful on the bench an earful eh, my my that sounds mean and HHHT doesn’t like being mean to the protected ones.  We really need Blash to have him over the house, put a warm cookie in his hand and some chocolate milk before giving any bad news, maybe even include 3 things we like for everything that is an area for improvement.

or got a video session  What kind of reporter is this? Seriously, doesn’t he know that no player on this roster understands what they do wrong? This isn’t a professional team with professional coaches, its a circus show a secret process, Jeff plays favorites, only calls out and benches youngs guys, and leaves them dumbfounded on what they need to work on. video, please.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 12/13/17 at 01:55 PM ET

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Larkin does have a ways to go - I think on some of his decision making and getting more “finish” in his game.

He’s a proto-type “Red Wings Way” player. good guy, tries hard. Like Phil Kessel.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/13/17 at 01:56 PM ET

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or got a video session  What kind of reporter is this? Seriously, doesn’t he know that no player on this roster understands what they do wrong? This isn’t a professional team with professional coaches, its a circus show a secret process, Jeff plays favorites, only calls out and benches youngs guys, and leaves them dumbfounded on what they need to work on. video, please.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 12/13/17 at 12:55 PM ET

Everything but especially that last paragraph. Spectacular.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/13/17 at 01:59 PM ET

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It all depends on your perspective.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 12/13/17 at 12:23 PM ET

sad, but true. I prefer to think people paid like professionals act like professionals.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 12/13/17 at 12:55 PM ET

You forgot how Blashill is supposed to give Larkin a participation trophy at the end of the season. We are all MVPs, right?

Spectacular.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/13/17 at 12:59 PM ET

I couldn’t agree more with you.

thank you Murray.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/13/17 at 03:08 PM ET

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If there’s one thing to be positive about this year, it’s this. Larks is playing in all situations and looks good doing it. Every night he’s been fun to watch.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 12/13/17 at 11:20 AM ET

Yeah, you can also see him on the bench talking to guys, taking some command of the team. I think he’s making a great argument to wrestle the “C” away from Abby once Captain Hank hangs ‘em up.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/13/17 at 06:37 PM ET

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