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Dylan Larkin On Anthony Mantha

04/20/2020 at 3:01pm EDT

Jame and Stoney of 97.1 talked with Dylan Larkin today,

As for the games in the rearview, Larkin laments the fact that Anthony Mantha lost 28 games this season due to injuries. It cost Larkin, Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi the chance to grow as the team's top line, and it probably cost Larkin a few points in the process. After putting up nearly a point per game last season, mostly while playing with Mantha, Larkin had 53 points in 71 games this season.

"There’s not many guys that can do it on their own in this league. Especially a player like myself, I think I needed Anthony," Larkin said. "The year before I played with Gus Nyquist and Anthony and we moved the puck well. After Gus got traded, Bert came onto our line and we took off at the end of last year. We were hoping to continue that this year and we had a good start, and then the injuries happened.

"It was tough. I think if he was healthy we would have had a great year and we would have been able to really take the next step in our careers and become a go-to line for our team. I think there are positives to take out of it, where we still feel optimistic next season that we’ll be able to play together and hopefully stay healthy. But it was tough for our whole team and tough for myself to lose him a lot like we did this year."

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