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BLOG: Zetterberg on coach Blashill and rookie Larkin

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

As Oilers radio play-by-play host Jack Michaels said, Dylan Larkin is “the first teenager to crack the Red Wings line-up in 25 years.”

“He has all the tools,” said Henrik Zetterberg.

Selected 15th overall by Detroit in the 2014 NHL Draft, Larkin has already posted two goals and added four assists for the team this season.

“He’s a great skater first of all, but he knows how to play the game. He’s more mature than a 19-year-old. He’s older, both on and off the ice and it shows.”

From a new linemate to a new coach, Zetterberg says it’s been a bit of a backwards adjustment for the veterans on the team.

“Half the team here had (Blashill) in Grand Rapids so they recognize all the drills in practice right away,” said the veteran player.

“It’s us older guys that have to restart our brains in practice. We’ve been doing the same drills for 10 years and now we have totally new drills in practice, that’s the change.”

However, Zetterberg says that although there has been change, keeping their rhythm hasn’t been too challenging.

“It’s a new voice. That’s the biggest thing for us guys, especially guys who have been here a long time with Mike, but system-wise it’s pretty similar,” said Zetterberg.

“Maybe a little more offensive allowed, but overall it’s not that big a difference.”

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