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By the Numbers: Dylan Larkin

Waterford native rebounds in a big way from a disappointing 2016-17 campaign

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2017-18 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on center Dylan Larkin.

At this time last year, there was a bit of concern regarding the career trajectory of Detroit center Dylan Larkin.

Drafted by the Red Wings in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound Waterford native spent the 2014-15 season playing college hockey for Michigan, where he excelled.

In 35 games for the Wolverines, Larkin notched 15 goals among his 47 points, was plus-18 and made the Big Ten's All-Rookie Team, First All-Star Team and was named the conference Rookie of the Year.

After his freshman year at Michigan, Larkin signed a three-year entry level contract with the Red Wings. He was sent to Grand Rapids and appeared in six playoff games for the Griffins, where he had three goals, two assists and six penalty minutes.

It may have raised some eyebrows when Larkin made the Wings out of training camp at age 19 in 2015, but he didn't look out of place. He finished the 2015-16 season with 45 points in 80 games, including 23 goals, was plus-11 and tallied five game winners.

Detroit's hockey circles were buzzing about their native son, but his second year with the Wings was a major struggle.

As a rookie, he played mostly on captain Henrik Zetterberg's wing. He began 2016-17 at center, his natural position, but it didn't work out and he was moved back to wing.

He finished the season with 15 goals, 17 assists and was minus-28 in 80 games. The only bright spot was Larkin moving back to center in Detroit's final 20 games of the season. He looked much more comfortable and his game started to pick up.

Over last summer, Larkin was determined to improve his overall play and prove his sophomore campaign with the Wings was an aberration not the norm, which is exactly what he did.

Larkin began his third season in Detroit at center and thrived, emerging as one of the Wings' leaders on and off the ice.

On July 30, Larkin turned 22 years old. He is currently a restricted free agent without arbitration rights, but there is nothing to be concerned about as to whether Larkin and the Wings will reach a deal.

Several media outlets have reported the Wings and Larkin are negotiating a long-term contract for five or six years with an average salary of $6 million per season, which is not a bad birthday gift, even though it will be a belated present.

82 - For the first time in his young career, Larkin played in every regular season game. He was one of three Red Wings to appear in every game. Zetterberg and right wing Gustav Nyquist also played in all 82 games.

16 - Number of goals he scored, which was third highest on the Wings. Anthony Mantha led Detroit with 24 goals, followed by Nyquist with 21.

47 - Larkin's 47 assists were the most on the Red Wings. Zetterberg was second with 45.

63 - His team-leading point total. At 21 years, eight months old, Larkin was the fifth-youngest player to lead the Wings in scoring. At 18 years, 10 months old, Steve Yzerman was the youngest player to lead the Wings in scoring with 87 points in 1983-84.

-9 - Playing center for the entire season, which increased his defensive responsibilities, he was minus-9, but a distinct improvement from his minus-28 from the previous season.

19:50 - Among Detroit's forward corps, his 19:50 average ice time was tops and fourth highest on the Wings. Defenseman Mike Green led the Wings in ice time at 22:04, followed by Trevor Daley at 20:41 and Danny DeKeyser at 20:19.

56 - His 56 takeaways ranked first on the Red Wings.

232 - He had 232 total shots on goal, which led the team. Nyquist was second with 213 shots, Mantha was third with 190 and Zetterberg was fourth with 180. On November 5 at Edmonton, Larkin had 10 shots on goal, the most in one game among Red Wings last season. 

100 - On December 2 at Montreal, Larkin recorded his 100th career point in Detroit's 10-1 loss to the Canadiens. He had one assist, registered two shots and finished minus-2 in 16:49 of ice time.

200 - Against the Florida Panthers on January 5 at Little Caesars Arena, Larkin played in his 200th NHL game. In the Wings' 4-2 victory, he had one assist, one shot on goal, was plus-1 and his total ice time was 22:15.

50 - Larkin scored his 50th career goal versus the Philadelphia Flyers at Little Caesars Arena on March 20. In Detroit's 5-4 shootout victory, he was named first star of the game. In 21:10 of ice time, Larkin had two goals, one assist, fired eight shots on net and was plus-3.

10 - Total number of games he played for Team USA in the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark. Larkin had three goals among his nine points and was plus-6 in helping the Americans win the bronze medal.

15 - Detroit selected Larkin in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He is the first player Detroit has ever selected at 15 in the draft. In 242 career games with the Red Wings, Larkin has 56 goals, 84 assists, 140 points, is minus-26, has accumulated 132 penalty minutes and his career average ice time is 17:32.

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