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Red Wings pick Dylan Larkin 15th overall

Updated 10x at 10:28 PM: In a fast-paced first round, the Red Wings Tweeted this...

And then the Red Wings picked someone who will be playing for Babcock's pal, University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, next season:

Quoting NHL.com's profile of the 17th-ranked North American skater:

• In 2013-14, his second season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Larkin finished second on the Under-18 team with 31 goals and fourth in points (31-25—56) in 60 games played.

• Larkin was an assistant captain on Team USA’s gold-medal winning club at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, posting four points (2-2—4) in the tournament, including a goal in the championship game. He also won a bronze medal with the U.S. at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2-5—7 in six games) and recalls winning the 2012 Four Nations Tournament as his most memorable hockey moment.

• He began his hockey career with the Lakeland Hockey Association in his hometown of Waterford, Michigan and later joined the Belle Tire Hockey Club in Detroit, captaining the Bantam team to a national championship in 2011.

• At the 2013 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh, Larkin tallied two points (1-1—2) for Team Johnson in their 5-2 victory.

• Larkin has committed to the University of Michigan for the fall of 2014.

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NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory: "He skates well and has great closing speed, uses his body well. He has skill, but is not afraid of using physical play for puck possession. He has good vision and playmaking."

The Hockey News had him going at 14:

Larkin was a standout at the USA Hockey All-Aerican Prospects Game and anchored the americans' second line at the World Under-18's en route to Gold. "I really like his game," said one scout. "Good speed, strong on the puck, no fear going to the net and he makes plays at high speed."

Committed to the University of Michigan, Larkin was one of the top scorers for the NTDP squad and did particularly well against older NCAA competition. But oints aren't the only reason he's valued."I love Dylan Larkin," said another scout. "Guaranteed player, heart-and-soul kid. He'll wear a letter on his jersey some day. Plays with pace and he's a powerful skater. You might get only a third-liner, but his work ethic is great. NHL coaches are going to love him."

And Red Berenson can use him at Michigan. The Wolverines have struggled to maintain their standard of excellence lately and Larkin has the tools to fix that, even as a freshman.

NHL Prediction: Heart-and-soul forward.

 

ESPN's Cory Pronman on Larkin, Insider-only style:

26. Dylan Larkin | C | USNTDP (USHL)
DOB: 7/30/96| 2013-14 stats: 60 GP, 31 G, 25 A, 56 PIM

Larkin is one of the top power forwards available in this year's draft class, and is an outstanding skater, one of the best in the class. He has a fine but not outstanding amount of skill, but gains the offensive zone very often due to his skating ability. Larkin has average size (6-0, 192 pounds), but he's pretty strong on the puck and has a fantastic on-ice work ethic. He drives the net, muscles out opponents in battles and gets back on defense effectively. He kills penalties well and he can be a shorthanded scoring threat. Another plus: Larkin plays both wing and center effectively. He's committed to the University of Michigan for the 2014-15 season.

Bob McKenzie had Larkin ranked 12th:

12. Dylan Larkin
2013-14 Team: USNTDP  League: USHL
Position: Centre  Height: 6'1"
DOB: July 30, 1996  Weight: 190 lbs.
2013-14 Statistics
Team  GP  G  A  PTS  +/-
USNTDP  26  17  9  26  +13
TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button:
Has ability to play the game at a very high pace, temp and intensity. Combine that with very good hockey sense and his impact becomes significant. Wants to make a difference in game and finds ways. Ultra competitive.
Other Rankings:
Craig Button: 21 | THN: 14 | ISS: 15 | hockeyprospect.com: 9 | McKeen's: 14 | NHL CS: 17 NAS

Update: Hockey's Future's Adam Schnepp had the Wings taking Larkin....

15. Dylan Larkin, LW, USNTDP

The trade of Calle Jarnkrok and impending graduation of Riley Sheahan to the NHL leaves the Red Wings prospect pool a little thin down the middle. Dylan Larkin is an assertive, playmaking forward who has excellent hockey sense and can contribute at both ends of the ice. A Michigan native, he should be a great fit for the Wings and will be given plenty of time to develop at the University of Michigan. He should see loads of ice time from the minute he steps on campus, much like JT Compher (BUF) did last season.

The Sports Forecaster describes him as follows...

Assets:  Is a pretty good offensive threat, especially around the net (he is an excellent crease crasher). Is very strong on his skates. His intensity and work rate are also exemplary.
Flaws:  Needs to improve his playmaking skills, which are only average at this point. Also, he will need to get even stronger to maximize his power forward potential.
Career Potential:  Versatile forward with some upside.

USA Today's Kevin Allen had the Wings picking Larkin...

15. Detroit Red Wings: Center Dylan Larkin (U.S. under-18). The dependable two-way forward would fit perfectly into Detroit's puck-possession offense. He's a good skater.

USA Today/Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief had Larkin going 16th...

16. Columbus Blue Jackets — Dylan Larkin. Jarmo Kekalainen adds another potent offensive piece to the puzzle up front after stocking up a year ago. They'd like to get a quality blue-liner here, but there aren't any that offer proper value this high.

Update #2: It looks like RedWingsCentral had a hunch that Larkin would be picked...

Here's their article:

The Detroit Red Wings looked to their own back yard when they made their highest draft choice in 23 years on Friday night in Philadelphia.

The Red Wings selected University of Michigan-bound forward Dylan Larkin from Waterford, Mich., with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, making him their highest choice since Martin Lapointe went 10th in 1991.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound center/winger finished fourth in U.S. national team development program scoring this past season, notching 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points in 60 games. He won gold as a second-line center with Team USA at the IIHF world under-18 championship in April.

“Think of Darren Helm but better scoring ability,” said TSN scout Craig Button. “He’s got that type of disruptive speed. He comes at you defensively. He comes at you offensively. He played (hurt) at the (world) U-18 tournament where USA won gold and he just kept playing through it. He’s got guts, lots of skill, lots of speed.”

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness weighs in...

In desperate need of centers in their organization, the Detroit Red Wings selected Waterford native Dylan Larkin with the 15th selection in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Larkin, who’s enrolled at the University of Michigan next year, was the second-line center at the U.S. National Team Development Program and finished fourth in scoring with 31 goals and 25 assists in 60 games.

After center Calle Jarnkrok was included as part of the deal to land David Legwand prior to the trade deadline it depleted Detroit’s depth chart up the middle.

“I think center is a major piece of a building block in most organizations,” Tyler Wright, Detroit’s new director of amateur scouting said last week. “You can never have enough centers.”

The Wings’ top centers in the organization are Landon Ferraro, who is out of AHL options, Andreas Athanasiou and Mattias Janmark.

They’re a little deeper at forward with Anthony Mantha, Teemu Pulkkinen, Martin Frk, Mitch Callahan, Zach Nastasiuk and Bertuzzi.

Larkin is considered more of a shooter than a passer and has a potent slap shot.

WXYZ noted the local angle...

The Detroit Red Wings selected Dylan Larkin with the No. 15 pick overall in the NHL Draft Friday night.

Larkin was the first American-born player taken in the draft and will be heading to the University of Michigan next year. The center is a Detroit-native represented the United States Under-18 team with 17 goals and 26 points in 26 games this season and four points in six international games at the IIHF World U18 Championship.

NHL scouts say he is highly competitive and plays the very high pace, temp and intensity. Many scouts believe that he will develop to be a better overall player in U-M and develop into a two-way scorer.

Larkin grew up in Waterford, Michigan.

Rotoworld weighs in...

Dylan Larkin - C - DET - Jun. 27 - 8:45 pm et

The Detroit Red Wings have taken center Dylan Larkin with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Larkin is a scrappy two-way center who consistently injects relentless energy in all three zones. Larkin has been a very good offensive weapon thus far throughout his career, but projects to be a secondary scorer in the NHL with the ability to shut down the opposition’s top line. The 6'1", 190-pounder is a gifted skater who pushes the pace of the game and is tough to push off the puck. With 29 goals and 49 points in 53 games this year in the USHL, Larkin created offense by making simple plays rather than pulling flashy, risky moves. Larkin will attend the University of Michigan this fall and is poised to develop into an effective NHL center a few years down the road. The Red Wings take their time with prospects, so you know he won't be overwhelmed when they decide he's ready for the big stage. Jun. 27 - 8:45 pm et

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan weighs in...

Forward Dylan Larkin, a Waterford native headed to Michigan this fall, was selected with the No. 15 pick overall by the Red Wings.

Scouts rave about Larkin's speed, goal-scoring ability and puck possession, and at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds he plays responsible defense.

"He is probably the most fluid skater in the draft," said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. "He has a powerful stride, and he is also an intelligent player."

Larkin played on the Ann Arbor-based U.S. National Team Development Program this past season with 31 goals and 25 assists (56 points) in 60 games.

Larkin was an assistant captain on the 2014 gold medal-winning USA team at the world junior championships.

As does MLive's Ansar Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings selected center Dylan Larkin Friday with the 15th overall pick in the NHL entry draft at Wells Fargo Center.

Larkin (6-1, 190) had 17 goals and 26 points in 26 games for the U.S. National Team Development Program. He is a Waterford native who is headed to the University of Michigan.

It is the sixth consecutive year the Red Wings have used their top selection on a forward.

The Red Wings have six more selections Saturday during the second day of the draft – no second-round pick, an extra seventh-round selection.

 

Update #3: From MLive's Brendan Savage:

One of the scouting services that provides mock drafts for Red Line Report thinks the Red Wings will use the 15th pick in this month's NHL draft to select forward Dylan Larkin of Waterford.

Larkin (6-1, 190) spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team. In 26 games for the Under-18 team last season, Larkin had 17 goals, nine assists, a plus-13 rating and 24 penalty minutes. In 2012-13, he had seven goals, seven assists, a minus-21 rating and 41 PIM in 37 games for the Under-17 team.

"This is a classy, traditional playmaking centreman - just what the doctor ordered for the Wings," was the scouting report on the mock draft. "Smart, dependable, makes the right plays at the right time, and can play the way the Red Wings like to approach the game."

Larkin, who turns 18 July 30, has committed to play for the University of Michigan next season. Red Line Report ranks him as the 16th-best player in the draft and projects him to be a second-line center for a consistent playoff team.

"We're suckers for silky smooth pivots who create tons of chances and make their linemates better," Red Line Report said. "Really fluid skater with a great edge who accelerates out of his cuts. Has such deceptive speed that he's able to glide past defenders effortlessly – gains the zone easily and forces defenders to back in off at the blue line and give up too much ice. Has a knack for holding onto the puck that extra split second to give wingers a chance to break free, then hits them with perfectly placed passes.

"Comes through with big plays at big moments and is productive with any linemates and in any role. Has soft hands, a terrific release and is naturally instinctive in all three zones. Reads well off his linemates and always knows where the play is headed. Strong two-way center is aware and responsible in the defensive end."

Savage points us toward EliteProspects.com, too:

Larkin has shown he can be an elite-level power forward in addition to showing a high level of offensive ability. His ability to take the puck hard to the net allows for unique scoring chances most players would not be able get because of a lack of size and strength.

SI's Allan Muir on Larkin:

dylan larkin, center
usntdp | 6-1, 190
17-9-26 in 26 games

The Skinny: Fiery competitor. Second-line upside.

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Scouts say: “He's the Kool-Aid Man. He'll go through a brick wall to help his team win. Doesn't take a shift off. Loves to compete. Highly motivated player. One of the fastest skaters this year. Breakaway speed. Creates chances off the rush. USA used him extensively on both special teams. Already a defensively mature player. Will sacrifice his stats for the benefit of the team. [His numbers look lopsided] because of his role. He can finish but he can be the playmaker if that's what he's asked to be. Maybe lacks the high-end skill you'd like, but everything about this kid says he'll be a player.”

Here's George Sipple's conversation with Larkin:

“I’m not just saying this, but I really do want to get drafted by Detroit,” Larkin said. “I think it would be cool. Obviously, grew up watching them. I’d be really happy with that.”

He will end up smiling regardless of who selects him, surrounded by family members on draft night.

“You’re not in control,” he said. “In a big game, you’re in control, how you prepare, how you feel. But this, you don’t have any control.”

Larkin, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-shooting center, does control where he plays next and has said all along he is going to U-M. When he was interviewed by every NHL team at the combine in Toronto in May, he made it clear he intended to play for the Wolverines. He is expected to be an impact player as a freshman, playing on one of the top two lines.

“It’s exciting to see where the Big Ten is going,” Larkin said after watching Michigan move from the disbanded Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the six-team Big Ten Conference last season.

Larkin could have chosen to go the Ontario Hockey League route. He was drafted by Erie in the 2012 OHL draft, and could’ve have played with Connor McDavid, who might be the top pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

Rather than buy a new suit specifically for draft day, which is the norm, Larkin opted instead to get new shoes and a new tie for the blue suit he already owns.

He called it his “lucky suit.”

“Look good, feel good, play good,” he said. “That’s how it is in that suit.”

 

Update #4: NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale profiled Larkin:

"He skates well and has great closing speed, uses his body well," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "He has skill but is not afraid of using physical play for puck possession. He has good vision and playmaking."

Prior to moving about 45 miles south to join the USNTDP in Ann Arbor, Larkin excelled for the Belle Tire midget minor program.

"I had a great four years there, especially since I was playing with a lot of talented players who will probably be drafted this year like Brendan Perlini (Niagara, OHL), Joshua Jacobs (Green Bay, USHL) and Aaron Haydon (Niagara, OHL)," Larkin said. "I think about all the championships we won with the team. That really taught me how to prepare for those big championship games."

Larkin, who has been committed to the University of Michigan for some time, was drafted in the 10th round (No. 184) by the Erie Otters in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League priority draft.

He was asked if skating with projected top 2015 draft-eligible center Connor McDavid in Erie is something he would consider next season.

"I played with [2015 draft-eligible center] Jack Eichel [for the NTDP] and he's a pretty good player too, so that was fun," Larkin said. "I'm a Jack Eichel fan anyway. I always wanted to play at Michigan. I committed four years ago so it has been a long wait. I'm looking forward to going."

Larkin said winning a gold medal for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland has been the highlight of his hockey career. He had two goals, four points and a plus-3 rating in six games while serving as an assistant captain.

"We put in a lot of time to prepare for that tournament, and to do it with the 22 guys you worked so hard with during the season was pretty special," he said.

The Windsor Star posted a picture of Larkin getting drafted...

And here are a few more:

 

Update #5: Heres ESPN's Insider take on the Wings' picking Larkin:

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Dylan Larkin
Detroit Red Wings
TEAM: USNTDP
HT: 6-foot-1
WT: 190 lbs
POS: C

Prospect analysis: Larkin is one of the top power forwards available in this year's draft class, and is an outstanding skater, one of the best in the class. He has a fine but not outstanding amount of skill, but consistently gains the offensive zone due to his skating ability. He drives the net, muscles out opponents in battles and gets back on defense effectively. He kills penalties well and he can be a shorthanded scoring threat.-- Pronman

Team fit analysis: The Wings won't have to go far to monitor the development of the Detroit native, as he will be playing down the road in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan's Yost arena. Larkin will complement the current Red Wing skilled forward youth (Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha) with strength and two-way play.-- Provenzano

Update #6: Sportsnet's Patrick King had Larkin going 19th...

19. Tampa Bay Lightning, Dylan Larkin, C
The type of player who helps a team win in the playoffs with his drive and determination. Larkin is a solid, reliable two-way forward who will probably round into a defensive contributor in the NHL.

And Sam Cosiento had Larkin going 13th:

13. Washington Capitals, Dylan Larkin, C
A versatile player that marries skill and competitiveness to play a solid two-way game. Larkin is difficult to play against and was lauded by his USNTDP teammates.

Update #7: Larkin's first Tweet as a Wing:

And here he was getting picked:

Update #8: Here's Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji on Larkin:

"He's probably one of the best skaters we've had come through the program in a long time," U-18 coach Danton Cole told NHL.com. "But he's also diligent; he's interested in his defensive zone. He wants to be a Steve Yzerman-type player."

Larkin, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, is committed to the University of Michigan.

"He skates well and has great closing speed, uses his body well," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory told NHL.com. "He has skill but is not afraid of using physical play for puck possession. He has good vision and playmaking."

Larkin had 31 goals and 56 points in 60 games.

Larkin won a gold medal with the United States during the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 championship in Finland. He scored two goals and two assists in six games and finished plus-3.

Larkin was also an assistant captain for that team.

Having watched the NHL growing up, Larkin is aware that forwards have to be defensively responsible.

"You must come back hard every chance you get," Larkin told NHL.com. "Coahes need to know you are effective at both ends of the ice."

RedWingsCentral also has a prospect player page up now:

SCOUT COMMENTS
“Strong two-way center … a shutdown center.” — TSN analyst Bob McKenzie (June 2014) … “Really good pick. Some day he’s going to be a captain in the NHL, I really believe that.” — NBC analyst Pierre McGuire (June 2014) … “Think of Darren Helm but better scoring ability. He’s got that type of disruptive speed. He comes at you defensively. He comes at you offensively. He played (hurt) at the (world) U-18 tournament where USA won gold and he just kept playing through it. He’s got guts, he’s got lots of skill, lots of speed. You can play defense but they don’t tell you not to score — and Dylan Larkin scores.” — TSN scout Craig Button (June 2014) … “I love Dylan Larkin. Guaranteed player, heart-and-soul kid. He’ll wear a letter on his jersey some day. Plays with pace and he’s a powerful skater. You might only get a third-liner, but his work ethic is great. NHL coaches are going to love him.” — Anonymous NHL scout (The Hockey News, May 2014).

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PROJECTION
With their highest draft choice since Martin Lapointe in 1991, the Red Wings nabbed a gutsy two-way forward with blazing speed with the No. 15 pick in 2014. It’s going to take a year or two to see how much offensive upside Larkin has, but he projects as a second- or third-line forward who can contribute in all facets of the game. He’s headed to the University of Michigan to play for veteran head coach Red Berensen and the Red Wings have until 2018 to sign him.

Update #8.5:

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples spoke to Larkin:

“I’ve always been a fan,” Larkin said before stepping to the podium for his first media session as a member of the Red Wings. “I grew up watching the Nick Lidstroms and the Yzermans and Drapers, it’s a good organization, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Larkin, a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, will be staying close to home for a long time to come. He will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall, and when it comes time to move from college to the professional level, he will do so either in Detroit or Grand Rapids.

The Belle Tire product – who won both state and national titles during his youth hockey days – was the first American selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. He’s also the highest-drafted Red Wing since 1991, when they picked Martin Lapointe at the No. 10 spot.

Larkin said his experience with the NTDP – competing in both the USHL and on the international stage – has put him on the right path for a potential NHL career.

“I think playing against the best, the leagues we play in, training with the best, on the ice with the NTDP and the best coaches, we play against the best players in the country – it just sets you up to be the best player you can be,” Larkin said.

Larkin talked to MiHockey about meeting the Wings’ management group at the NHL Combine, and after admitting that he was a little nervous, he said it was a great experience.

“Those guys, they understood it,” he said a few weeks ago about talking to both the Wings’ management group and Steve Yzerman. “They just tried to get to know you as a person. I just tried to be myself, answer the questions honestly, but it was mostly about how I play, what I can bring to their teams.”

Update #9: NHL.com's Adam Kimelman had Larkin going to the Sharks...

20.SJS

Dylan Larkin, C, USNTDP (USHL)

Skilled center more than willing to go into the dirty areas of the ice to battle for pucks; will spend some time at the University of Michigan developing his game.

Mike G. Morreale had Larkin dropping to 25th overall...

25.BOS

Dylan Larkin, C, USA U-18 (USHL)

Strong skater with great closing speed. University of Michigan recruit uses body well along the boards and isn't afraid to play physical to generate turnovers; had 31 goals in 60 games.

And Steven Hoffner's draft didn't have Larkin going in the first round.

On February 20th, NHL.com's Morreale spoke with US NTDP coach Danton Cole about Larkin...

Dylan Larkin (No. 17): The second-line center has 22 goals, 38 points and a plus-11 rating in 41 games. Larkin, committed to the University of Michigan, also has five power-play goals and is considered one of the finest skaters in the 2014 draft class.

"He has the offense, can score and skate, but he's also learned the little subtleties needed to play the center position," Cole said. "He's taken an unbelievable mature approach; kind of an NHL-repertoire approach to practices and games. He's training to be really good at it and his progress has been great."

And back on February 7th, per NHL.com:

Dylan Larkin, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and an assist as the United States beat Sweden 4-2 Friday for its third win in as many games at the 2014 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament at Dmitrov Arena in Dmitrov, Russia.

Larkin, a 6-foot-0.75, 190-pound center with the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team, is No. 17 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 draft.

Update #10: BuffaloSabres.com's Kris Baker had Larkin going 23rd, and he posted a profile video of Larkin, too:

#23 – DYLAN LARKIN
C, United States U-18
6’ 0.75”, 190 lbs.
2013-14: 60 games, 31-25-56, 56 PIM

Larkin’s size and all-around reliability projects to a middle-line NHL anchor, making him one of the safer first-round targets in the class.

A highly skilled and hard-working competitor with a very fluent two-way game, Larkin kicked off his draft year by showing flashes of brilliance with two points (1+1) at the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh. Larkin went on to be a key contributor in 2013-14 by scoring 31 goals for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, up from 13 the year before. But his developmental leaps go beyond the stat sheet. He’s skating harder, his shooting is amped up and he’s becoming a more aggressive player in general with a developing “pro style” power game.

Larkin’s game is all about working the offensive zone and being tough on the puck in pursuit. He hits the corners with speed, and he’s willing to take absorb contact to make a play. His excellent skating and willingness to drive the net make him dangerous in one-on-one situations.

The highly-intense Larkin, who grew up in Detroit watching Steve Yzerman, is both confident and competent in all three zones, and his ability to do the little things that coaches love should see him blossom into a high-end collegian when he enrolls at the University of Michigan this fall.

The Free Press's Helene St. James has posited a Larkin capsule...

"It was special," Larkin said. "It was something I think my family and myself will remember for a while. I was pretty nervous, but just to hear your name was pretty special."

Larkin will attend U-M in fall to further develop under coach Red Berenson.
Meet Dylan Larkin

Who: Red Wings' top draft pick (No. 15 overall).

Position: Center.

Vitals: 6-1, 190.

Age: 17 (July 30, 1996).

From: Waterford.

Played with: U.S. National Team Development Program (Ann Arbor).

Headed to: Michigan for 2014-15 season.

Notable: Larkin was not only the first Michigan player taken in this year's draft, but alto the first American-born player taken.

Last season: Larkin scored 31 goals (second on the U.S. team) and added 25 assists to finish fourth on the team in points in 60 games played.

In international play: Larkin was an assistant captain in this year's Under-18 Worlds and scored twice, including one goal in the gold-medal game.

A divided heart? According to NHL.com, Larkin's favorite team is the Maple Leafs, and his favorite player is Sidney Crosby, though he said earlier this week that he hoped to be drafted by the Wings.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's already filed his article about Larkin....

"Just amazing," said Larkin from Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, minutes after hearing his name called by general manager Ken Holland. "I can't believe how nervous I was. My hands are still trembling a little bit. I couldn't be more happy."

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Scouts rave about Larkin's leadership qualities and as evidence of that, he was an assistant captain on the 2014 gold medal-

"I remember going to all the parades (after the Stanley Cup victories) and the excitement they brought to the community," Larkin said. "It's the team I always watched growing up. My favorite players were Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom. To be drafted by them, it's just awesome. I still can't believe it."

Larkin could have gone the junior hockey route and played in the Ontario Hockey League this fall, but instead chose to play at Michigan for legendary coach Red Berenson. That, too, is an exciting opportunity for a young, local hockey player.

"I can't wait," Larkin said. "That's going to be awesome, too, and I can't wait to get started. We're going to have a real good team."

Scouts praise Larkin's speed, goal-scoring ability and puck possession, but at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds Larkin also played responsible defense and was considered one of the best two-way centers in the draft. But the skating is most impressive

"He is probably the most fluid skater in the draft," said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. "He has a powerful stride, and he is also an intelligent player."

As has the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, via RedWingsFeed:

“I’m looking to improve on my strength,” said Larkin, who was drafted by Erie in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League. “To play at the next level, even in college, you’ve got to be strong. It’s important to get in the gym and spend time on my body and nutrition. School has always been important to my family,” Larkin continued. “There were other college options, even Michigan coaches said go around to different campuses, see what you like. You got to find what fits for you.”

Larkin is considered more of a shooter than a passer and has a potent slap shot. He’s also a strong technical skater that can build up speed quick and isn’t afraid to go hard to the net.

“I think I play all 200-feet on the ice,” Larkin said. “I’m a strong skater. I get around the ice well because of my skating. I think the game, I go to areas most people don’t want to go to score goals and find a way to produce.”

Larkin is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds.

“I came in as a kid and left as a young man, physically, mentally, all areas,” Larkin said of his time in the U.S. development program that’s located in Ann Arbor. “They give you resources and it’s up to the players how much you want to use them. I feel like I used them and became a well-rounded young man.”

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“I was open-minded but in the bottom of my heart I really wanted to be in Detroit,” Larkin said. “They’ve got the new rink they’re building. It’s going to be an exciting time for the organization.”

Prior to the draft, USA Hockey Magazine profiled Larkin...

“I’m pretty excited [about the draft]. I think the Draft will be a lot of fun,” said Larkin, who finished fourth in scoring on the U.S. National Team Development Program this past season with 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points. “I have about 10 people going with me – my mom, dad, brother, uncles, cousins. It’s exciting to see all the work you put in come to fruition, especially to be selected within your age group,” he added.

Larkin has regularly been considered not only one of the top players in his age group, but one of the better leaders. He has worn a letter on his jersey for the Belle Tire U16 team (“C”), and again this past spring for the U.S. National Team at the World Under-18 Championships (“A”).

“I think it was really cool to wear the ‘C’ for Belle Tire. That year [2011-12], we were one of the top three teams in the country all year and National Champions,” said Larkin. “On the U.S. National team, we had 22 leaders on our team, and I was fortunate enough to wear a letter. You get help from all the guys on the team. Everyone has their own, unique way of leading.”

Along with the leadership qualities Larkin will bring to whichever team selects him on Friday or Saturday, they’re getting an awful lot more.

“Hopefully I can bring my offensive ability to a team, and my hard-working, two-way game,” he added.

Before he steps onto the University of Michigan campus, however, Larkin wants to add some bulk.

“Michigan has a great strength and conditioning coach [Joe Maher], so it’ll be good to develop there,” he said.

And here's HockeysFuture's Larkin profile:

History

2010-11: Dylan Larkin played for the national champion Belle Tire bantam AAA team in Michigan. He scored 23 goals with 24 assists and had 41 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games. Larkin was one of six Belle Tire players to participate in USA Hockey's Select 15 Development Camp.

2011-12: Larkin was named team captain for Belle Tire's U16 team; skating in 27 games before suffering an ankle injury in November that kept him out the rest of the season. He scored 18 goals with 18 assists and 24 penalty minutes. Larkin committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan in 2014-15 and was selected for the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor. He was picked by Erie in the 10th round (184th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Larkin skated for USA Hockey's U17 team in his first season with the NTDP in Ann Arbor. In 55 games he scored 13 goals with 14 assists and had 54 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal with 1 assist in four games as the USA finished first in the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland. The USA finished third in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge with Larkin scoring 2 goals with 5 assists in six games. Larkin had 3 goals in four games for the third-place USA squad at the 2013 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Finland. Larkin was a fourth round selection (132nd overall) of Vityaz Podolsk in the 2013 KHL Draft.

2013-14: Dylan Larkin returned to skate for the NTDP's U18 team in his second season in Ann Arbor and was selected to participate in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September, 2013.

Update #11: The Wings finally posted a press release confirming who they've drafted:

RED WINGS SELECT FORWARD DYLAN LARKIN WITH FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE
… Waterford Native Committed to the University of Michigan for 2014-15 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today selected center Dylan Larkin in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

A native of Waterford, Mich., Larkin has spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 60 games during the 2013-14 season, he ranked second on the Under-18 team with 31 goals among his 56 points (31-25-56). He also posted 56 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating. Additionally, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward served as an alternate captain for the United States at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, tallying four points (2-2-4) in six contests. Larkin also skated with the NTDP in 2013-14, totaling 27 points (13-14-27) and 54 penalty minutes in 55 games.

Larkin, 17, is slated to attend the University of Michigan this fall. Prior to skating for the U.S. National Team Development Program, he was a member of the Belle Tire Hockey Club in Detroit, captaining the team to a national championship in 2011. He also skated internationally for his country at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, earning a bronze medal after posting seven points (2-5-7) in six games.

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perfection's avatar

Pierre said on TSN he “REALLY BELIEVES” he’s a future NHL captain.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/27/14 at 07:49 PM ET

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Pierre said on TSN he “REALLY BELIEVES” he’s a future NHL captain.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/27/14 at 08:49 PM ET

The Douche Canoe endorsement is all I need

Posted by Hootinani on 06/27/14 at 07:51 PM ET

perfection's avatar

also, Kevin Allen nailed the pick in his mock draft. just giving props where they’re due

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/27/14 at 07:53 PM ET

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Love the pick… Larkin is going to be a stud for the Wings.

I can’t believe all the people upset at the Helm comparison. Helm with better scoring is an amazing 2nd line center. That’s the expectation at #15.

Posted by fuleko on 06/27/14 at 08:02 PM ET

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Larkin is also a bit taller than Helm and currently weighs as much as Helm does; give him a few years of physical maturation, and he’ll be a bigger Helm, too.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 06/27/14 at 08:03 PM ET

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Pierre said on TSN he “REALLY BELIEVES” he’s a future NHL captain.

I’m not a huge fan of Pierre (I wonder who is?), but I love hearing this endorsement from any guy whose been around the NHL professionally for decades.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 06/27/14 at 08:04 PM ET

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I’m also thrilled at his leadership skills. The Wings need more heart-and-soul leaders.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 06/27/14 at 08:09 PM ET

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I was hoping we’d trade down again and get an extra pick, or land one of the highly-skilled guys (Kapanen or Ho-sang), but I’m talking myself into Sheahan 2:  The Re-Sheahaning.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/27/14 at 08:10 PM ET

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I really was hoping the Wings would take Alex Tuch but I knew they want depth and strength at center and Larkin wants to be a Wing in the worst way. He will be a great addition. I just had dreams of Mantha on LW and Tuch on RW with somebody centering them. Oh well!

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 06/27/14 at 08:11 PM ET

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A local kid , so that’s cool. Going to UM , that’s good too!

Now, about his favorite team , player and sport other than hockey….......??

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/27/14 at 08:26 PM ET

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Helm with hands?  Love it!  I hope he makes the big squad before Helm 1.0 retires.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/14 at 08:31 PM ET

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Larkin might be the safest pick because he’s a gifted skater who could be a team’s No. 2 center for 10 years.

“He is probably the most fluid skater in the draft,” said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has a powerful stride, and he is also an intelligent player.”

That would be great.

Posted by fuleko on 06/27/14 at 08:46 PM ET

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I love having another Michigan boy on the team.  Go kick some ass, Dylan!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/27/14 at 08:55 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Seven updates thus far.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 08:56 PM ET

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Thanks for the coverage George!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 06/27/14 at 09:50 PM ET

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Sounds like the Red Wings got their man. Time will tell of course.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/27/14 at 09:52 PM ET

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George, I hope all the Wings fans understand how fortunate they are to have such a beast of a blogger posting these updates. My team has no such blogger, so I end up reading more about the Wings than my own team thanks to your phenomenal posts.

Anyway, thanks from a non-Wings fan who enjoys the content regardless. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/27/14 at 09:53 PM ET

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Dylan will wear the Jersey proudly, just like great Red Wings of the past.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/27/14 at 10:05 PM ET

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Larkin was going to Detroit in several mock drafts. Great leadership qualities, so it is an expected pick. What surprised me is that Yzerman, a role model himself, chose a very talented offensive dman,  but with very suspect reputation.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/27/14 at 10:09 PM ET

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He has a Babcockian hair doo…. will fit right in.

Posted by alukacs on 06/27/14 at 10:17 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m working on the overnight report…I literally can’t fit anything more into the entry. And thank you for the compliments.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 10:21 PM ET

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George, I hope all the Wings fans understand how fortunate they are to have such a beast of a blogger posting these updates. My team has no such blogger, so I end up reading more about the Wings than my own team thanks to your phenomenal posts.

Anyway, thanks from a non-Wings fan who enjoys the content regardless. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/27/14 at 10:53 PM ET

That’s exactly how most of us feel George.

Posted by calquake on 06/27/14 at 10:36 PM ET

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The last couple of weeks have been pretty tough in the comments section, but I know that my work’s appreciated and I’m grateful for it. I wouldn’t do this for anyone else.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 11:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

George? You’re the best. Now where the *#$%@& is the next post??  wink

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 11:09 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m not the best by any means, I just work hard, and I’ve been working on the next *#$%@& post for 80 minutes wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 11:17 PM ET

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I really was hoping the Wings would take Alex Tuch… I just had dreams of Mantha on LW and Tuch on RW with somebody centering them.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC

I’ve been of the same opinion about Tuch since late May. But I like the “character” and “determination” part of the descriptons of Larkin so here’s hoping he grows another inch and fills out some in the next 2-3 years at Michigan. A bigger, stronger, more offensively talented version of Helm would be fine with me.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/27/14 at 11:26 PM ET

awould's avatar

I don’t know jack about any draft prospects but the review of this kid sounds perfect to me, and he’ll wear the maize and blue.

Posted by awould on 06/28/14 at 12:10 AM ET

perfection's avatar

yeah George, thorough and amazing coverage. much appreciated.

I really love the pic above of Babs shaking his hand. Look at that look on Babs’ face. It’s the one shot of them all where the kid looks kind of nervous and super young. Babs seriously seems to be coaching him already… with a look. crazy

also,

It is the sixth consecutive year the Red Wings have used their top selection on a forward.

what’s most interesting about this is that it is true and yet we are stacked with quality defensive prospects. we don’t even need to select first round dmen because our later round dmen are just that good grin

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/28/14 at 12:16 AM ET

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