By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Dylan Larkin.
|Dylan Larkin led the Red Wings with 23 goals, becoming the first rookie to lead the team in goals since Mike Foligno produced 36 goals in 1979-80. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
Larkin proved in the preseason that he belonged on the Red Wings rather than on the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. For the entire season, Larkin was a top-six forward, often playing on a line with captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Although Larkin did not score at the same pace in the second half of the season as he did in the first, he usually managed to have some kind of positive impact.
Larkin decided to play for Team USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Russia. He knows he still has a lot more he can contribute as he gains experience.
"I'm 19 years old," Larkin said. "I still have a lot of developing to do. I’m excited to work on skills, to meet with the coaches and see what we can come up with to work on. I have some ideas. I’m hoping to have a big summer."
19 | Larkin defied the odds and made the Red Wings' opening night lineup at the age of 19. He is the first teenager to play for the Wings since Jiri Hudler played at 19 during the 2003-04 season. Larkin was the first to make the opening night roster since Jiri Fischer in 1999-2000 and the first to play opening night since Mike Sillinger in 1990-91.
1 | Larkin did not take long to get on an NHL scoresheet, recording a goal and an assist in his first regular-season NHL game on opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 4-0 victory.
23 | Larkin scored 23 goals, which led the Wings. He is the first rookie to lead the team in goals since Mike Foligno with 36 goals in 1979-80. The only other rookies to lead the team in goals were Dale McCourt with 33 goals in 1977-78, Michel Bergeron with 32 goals in 1975-76, Tom Webster with 30 goals in 1970-71 and Carl Liscombe with 14 goals in 1937-38.
221 | Larkin had 221 shots on goal to lead the team in that category. The only other player on the team to break the 200-shot mark was Zetterberg, who had 214. Pavel Datsyuk, who missed 16 games this season, was third with 181 shots. Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar tied for fourth with 165 shots.
3 | Larkin was the lone Red Wings All-Star this season, becoming the third Detroit rookie to be chosen for the All-Star Game. The others were Steve Yzerman in 1984 and Reed Larson in 1978. Larkin was also tied for third among rookies in goals with Buffalo's Sam Reinhart.
13.172 | Larkin showed off his speed as soon as he appeared in the league. But that speed was on full display during the All-Star Game at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Competing in the fastest skater competition, Larkin set a new record. Mike Gartner set the original record at the 1996 Super Skills competition with a time of 13.386 on Feb. 4, 1996, months before Larkin was born on July 30.
11 | Larkin led the team in another category, plus-minus, finishing with a plus-11 rating. For much of the first half of the season, Larkin led the league in that category. Among rookies, Larkin was tied with Chicago's Erik Gustafsson for fifth in plus-minus. St. Louis' Colton Parayko was first at plus-28. Arizona's Anthony Duclair, Dallas' Mattias Janmark and the New York Rangers' Oscar Lindberg were all plus-12.