Dylan Larkin among leaders in Calder Trophy contention halfway through season

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The kid is good. The kid is real good. Detroit Red Wings fans have been saying that since the season’s opening night when Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut. The accolades have continued to pour in through the first half of the season; he was named Rookie of the Month for November, and even beat out all other Red Wings to represent Detroit in the 2016 All-Star Game. Not to mention the slew of beautiful goals he’s scored so far this season.

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So it comes as no surprise that Larkin is sitting pretty among rookies in Calder contention. Currently NHL.com has him ranked 2nd, behind only Chicago Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin. His plus-22 rating and 29 points on the season lead all other rookies below him, including Max Domi out of Arizona. Despite being the youngest of the top three favorites at 19 years old, (Panarin at 24 and Domi at 20), he still continues to shine for Detroit and could be a critical part of the team heading into the race for the post-season.

Currently the Red Wings sit at 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with 51 points; 6 behind the red-hot Florida Panthers for the lead, and 2 ahead of the now-slumping Montreal Canadiens. To date, Larkin has played 42 games with Detroit, with 14 goals among 29 points. Keep it rolling, kid!

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Posted by Nathan Webb
Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)