I have a feeling this article may have some backlash and some may enjoy it. Either way, Dylan Larkin has not been talked about at all this season and silently has 60 points in 61 games on pace for a 80+ point season.
Larkin is 22-years-old, on a very team-friendly 6.1 million dollar AAV contract until 2023. Larkin collected just 77 points in his first 160 games in the NHL. He turned around in 2017-18 for 63 points in 82 games and is now on pace to well exceed 63 points from last season. Larkin has 60 points in 61 games and with 21 games left in the year and already at the 60 point mark. Larkin is going to collect 80 points this year. Granted he stays healthy. In addition to that Larkin is on pace for 30-36 goal season and 50-55 assist year (90 points, yes I say 80 he is definitely going to collect.)
Larkin is playing on one of the youngest teams in the NHL, average age for Detroit’s forwards is 26.5 years old. The only reason the average is somewhat high is because of Thomas Vanek, Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm. Aside from those three, Andreas Anthanasiou (24), Anthony Mantha (24), Tyler Bertuzzi (24) not to mention Filip Zadina, Jacob De La Rose.
Larkin plays with Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi. With Nyquist’s surprising season it has helped supplement Larkin’s 60 point, 0.99 point per game season but Larkin is by far the best player on this roster and certainly every chance he gets out there and whoever he is with he makes better. The kid is plain and simple a competitor, just last game vs Nashville he got hit hard injuring his shoulder. An injury that has been lingering, he stayed in the game and played through the game, not changing his game one bit. It is one example, yes but if you watch film on this kid. He does all the little things right and always goes above and beyond his role. The making of a young leader, and top player in the NHL.
Consistently from the start of the season in October Larkin has produced 9+ points every month. Larkin’s best month came in December when he collected 18 points in 16 games (8G, 10A). Coming off the month of February where he currently has 12 points in 10 games with two games to play.
It seems as if there is not much to say about how Larkin separates himself from the pack, but for a team that is 15th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL he consistently produces month by month, game in and game out. Yet no one wants to talk about how much of an impact he makes on this team. For a 22-year-old forward in the NHL he ranks among the top NHL players. He’s tied 35th in the NHL in points among players like Matt Duchene, Mika Zibanejad and Jonathan Huberdeau seems to be some pretty solid players in the NHL. Not to mention Larkin is just two away from guys like Mark Stone, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Debrincat again some respectable names. Why can’t we put Larkin in the class he belongs and admit that this kid is going to be a top-10 player in the NHL in 3-4 years.