Friday, January 15, 2016

Datsyuk: OT Made for Dylan Larkin

Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin is seriously fast. And seriously good. And when Pavel Datsyuk says that OT is made for him, you better believe that Larkin is also seriously amazing in overtime.

Larkin set up Kenny DeKeyser's OT winner in Glendale to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes, and after the game the locker room couldn't help but rave on Larkin's mind-bending speed a bit.

"He's good," said Datsyuk, who also chipped in a goal and two assists to power Detroit. "He skates well, he handles the puck and shoots a lot. I think overtime is made for him."

According to Ansar Khan of, Wings coach Jeff Blashill also had some praise for the 19-year-old.

"Larks is such a strong skater; he kind of split in between those two guys and created a little bit of chaos right off that situation," Blashill said of the goal that was set up by Larkin's 16th helper of the season. "He's on the puck a lot, so he's able to get back on the puck. He's a transporter, he's a shooter, but he can make a play, and he made a play there and good for Danny to bury it."

DeKeyser, no doubt thrilled to be on the receiving end of Larkin's handiwork, also had high praise, according to Khan.

"His skill for a 19-year-old ... huge playmaker, and he really flies out there. So we try to hit him with speed when we can and just let him make plays."

Larkin is currently third in the NHL in rookie scoring with 30 points and tied for first in overall plus-minus at plus-23.

The 19-year-old is the first Red Wings rookie to be named to the NHL's all-star team since Steve Yzerman in 1984. With the new three-on-three format don't be surprised if he takes over the game at times...