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Is Dylan Larkin A Calder Trophy Candidate?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some questions from the fans...

Is Dylan Larkin a dark-horse rookie of the year candidate?

Every rookie not named Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel is a dark-horse candidate for the Calder Trophy. Those two will dominate the discussion all season. However, Larkin is proving to be the real deal, and the Red Wings have the makings of a special line with Larkin, Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Larkin obviously showed he can be effective at center too. He played well in between Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar when they were put together in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Pulkkinen scored twice and the Red Wings rallied for a 4-3 win.

I still haven't seen Larkin in person, which is the best way to get a gauge of a player's true effectiveness, but everything I've seen from watching the Red Wings, highlights of Larkin, and from reading about him and talking to some people, there's no doubt he is a player who could and maybe should be in the discussion with McDavid and Eichel all season. Another in that category that I now have seen in person is Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who is impressive and clearly has an excellent shot, as demonstrated by the goal he scored on Henrik Lundqvist on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

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awould's avatar

Is Dylan Larkin a dark-horse rookie of the year candidate?

Larkin 4 pts and +6 in 3 games
McDavid 1 pt and -1 in 3 games
Eichel 2 pts and -1 in 3 games

More like Is Dylan Larkin the LEADING Calder Trophy Candidate?

McDavid and Eichel will suffer some for playing on bad teams, but that’s usually true of most Calder candidates because they usually are very high draft picks.

At this point Larkin, assuming he sticks in Detroit for 82 games, could easily win the Calder Trophy by virtue of playing on the top 2 lines of a playoff team with Datsyuk or Zetterberg “supporting” him. Will have to see how he handles the grind of a full season, but that’s true of the other two as well, though Larkin has much less pressure on him.

Posted by awould on 10/14/15 at 03:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

No he’s not a dark horse, he’s one of the front runners.

Posted by RWBill on 10/14/15 at 03:53 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

While we’re at it…

Is Zetterberg a leading Art Ross Trophy candidate?
Is Abdelkader a leading Maurice Richard candidate?
Is Jimmy in line for the Vezina?
Is Blash in line for the Jack Adams?

After 3 whole games, I can say with absolute certainty, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.
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Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 10/14/15 at 04:26 PM ET

SnarkinLarkin's avatar

Let’s revisit the numbers at the 10 game mark. I have a feeling the result will not change measurably…

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 10/14/15 at 04:47 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

At this point Larkin, assuming he sticks in Detroit for 82 games, could easily win the Calder Trophy by virtue of playing on the top 2 lines of a playoff team with Datsyuk or Zetterberg “supporting” him.

Or that would be the reason he wouldn’t win

Of course, the awards are so arbitrary that Blashill could coach the Red Wings to a perfect 164 points and still get edged out for Jack Adams by Babcock for helping the Maple Leafs nearly make the playoffs

Posted by bleep bloop on 10/14/15 at 04:59 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Of course, the awards are so arbitrary that Blashill could coach the Red Wings to a perfect 164 points and still get edged out for Jack Adams by Babcock for helping the Maple Leafs nearly make the playoffs

Posted by bleep bloop on 10/14/15 at 05:59 PM ET

You know what’s funny?  Media vote on both Calder and Jack Adams.  Writer son the Calder, broadcasters on the Jack Adams.

Isn’t it funny that they always find a way around awarding a Red Wing?  But hey, there’s no anti-Wings bias in the media…

Posted by Primis on 10/14/15 at 05:31 PM ET

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Since this appears as though it will be a full rookie season for Larkin, he will be eligible… and is therefore a candidate.

I still haven’t seen Larkin in person, which is the best way to get a gauge of a player’s true effectiveness,

After watching a couple of preseason games and the first few regular season games, it would be hard to argue against Larkin being a beast… even not looking at the score sheets. When he is on the ice, he is constantly making an impact on the rush or backcheck.

Posted by neffernin on 10/14/15 at 06:40 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

It’s 3 effin games. Can we discuss in February?

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/14/15 at 06:49 PM ET

awould's avatar

It’s 3 effin games. Can we discuss in February?

Sure, but since the question was asked today, seems rude to wait four months.

Posted by awould on 10/14/15 at 07:00 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I wonder if TPSH now considers Larkin a Calder candidate?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/14/15 at 07:06 PM ET

Sal's avatar

2009-2010 - Jimmy Howard - 2nd
2002-2003 - Henrik Zetterberg - 2nd
2000-2001 - Brad Richards - 2nd
1999-2000 - Brad Stuart - 2nd
1991-1992 - Niklas Lidstrom - 2nd
1990-1991 - Sergei Fedorov - 2nd
1984-1985 - Chris Chelios - 2nd
1983-1984 - Steve Yzerman - 2nd

Larkin will get second place. It’s Red Wings tradition (modern era). Even the free agents and trade acquisitions adhere to it. (Source: http://www.hockey-reference.com)

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 10/14/15 at 07:40 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Of course, the awards are so arbitrary that Blashill could coach the Red Wings to a perfect 164 points and still get edged out for Jack Adams by Babcock for helping the Maple Leafs nearly make the playoffs


Probably true as the politics seem to favor teams other than the Red Wings. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 10/14/15 at 07:49 PM ET

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Isn’t it funny that they always find a way around awarding a Red Wing?  But hey, there’s no anti-Wings bias in the media…

Isn’t it funny how some Wings fans will find a way to paint the Wings as victims even as the team is off to an amazing start?

And hey, didn’t Babcock lose the room seven games into his tenure as coach?  When exactly was he supposed to have won the Adams?

Posted by Garth on 10/14/15 at 09:49 PM ET

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Goddamn can we at least get to U.S. Thanksgiving before we even think about this? The NHL history books are littered with guys that had markedly better 3 game stretches but are wildly unremarkable and unremembered players on the whole.

I don’t think that’s the story Larkin is writing. But really, 3 games!?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/14/15 at 09:55 PM ET

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I wonder if TPSH now considers Larkin a Calder candidate?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 10/14/15 at 08:06 PM ET

I LOL’ed.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 10/14/15 at 10:46 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

By decree from Gary.  No.  And next year all the NHL Center Ice promotions will portray McDavid winning the cup even though the Oil will not make the playoffs.

Just like Rosby and the Jackatoreum after the Wings won the cup.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/15/15 at 08:35 AM ET

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