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Road to the NHL Draft: Dylan Larkin

By John Vogl

Dylan Larkin

Position: Center

Junior team: United States U-18 (USHL)

Born: Waterford, Mich.

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds

2013-14 stats: 53 games, 29 goals, 20 assists, 49 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 17 (North America)

Lowdown: Some prospects are so smooth that they already play like professionals. That’s Larkin, whose polish is evident at both ends of the ice. Despite making it look easy, the center’s intensity is what carried him to this point.

Larking is an effective passer who sees the ice well. He plays the straight-line, north-south style that coaches like, and it allows him to put pressure on the defense. He opted for the U.S. National Development Program over the Erie Otters, the Connor McDavid-led Ontario Hockey League club that drafted him.

Larkin is scheduled to attend the University of Michigan, which puts his pro arrival date at least three years away. He doesn’t put up a ton of points, but he does the little things that contribute to wins.

They said it: “He skates well and has great closing speed, uses his body well. He has skill but is not afraid of using physical play for puck possession. He has good vision and playmaking.” – David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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