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Dylan Larkin Looking Forward To The World Cup

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin can't wait to play with many of the best players age 23 and younger from the United States and Canada for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

He's also grateful for one other thing.

"I'm happy [Edmonton Oilers center] Connor McDavid is on our roster because I've been chasing him around for a while since his days with the Toronto Marlboros (in 2011-12), so it'll be nice being on his side" Larkin told NHL.com on Wednesday. "You hear nothing but positive things [about McDavid], and obviously he's a great player, and I'm happy he's on our team."

Larkin, 20, should play a significant role for Team North America and could end up as a linemate with McDavid in the eight-team tournament that will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17-Oct. 1. He is scheduled to depart for Montreal on Sunday with practices beginning at Bell Centre on Monday.

"I think this is going to be great because it's a group of guys coming together who are all in the same position; we're young guys in the NHL trying to prove ourselves," Larkin said. "I think the other teams aren't underestimating us, but we don't have that pressure. We're just going to have a ton of fun and play with a lot of speed, and I think teams might be on their heels when they're playing against us."


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WingedRider's avatar

Team North America is loaded with Talented young stars.  They may jump up and surprise a few teams.

Dylan has a good sense of humour.  I doubt there are many concerns about him handling pressure, tough situations..one of a kind and I am sure glad the Wings have him.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/04/16 at 12:38 PM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

Kids gonna be top 3 next year in scoring. 18 points in 5 playoffs is incredible. I see know reason why he doesn’t keep that pace.

Posted by Keyser S. on 09/04/16 at 01:43 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I would like to see the North American team do real well. It might help with the “vets are always the answer” philosophy that we know so well.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/05/16 at 12:11 PM ET

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