DETROIT -- Forward Dylan Larkin will be in the Detroit Red Wings' opening-night lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
"Yeah, I think it's awesome being here, but it would be a dream come true," Larkin said Saturday before learning Monday he made the team. "It's something that I want and it's something that I've worked for my whole life and I dreamed of. So it would be really special."
Detroit usually brings its prospects along slowly, with at least a season or two in the American Hockey League. But Larkin, a 19-year-old who is from the Detroit suburb of Waterford, Mich., forced his way onto the roster in training camp, helped in part by injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.
"If a young guy makes our team better and is going to have the opportunity to play enough minutes to make our team better, then he was going to be on the team, whether that was him or somebody else," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. "We feel like he's earned a chance to play in a top-nine type of role, which is going to give him minutes to be successful. So, as a result, we made a decision to put him on the team."