Dylan Larkin leading Team USA in points at IIHF World Championships

Nov 10, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) reacts after a play during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 IIHF World Championships have been a success for Detroit Red Wings star Dylan Larkin. In four games played, Larkin has seven points, which leads the United States. All seven of his points have been assists as he has been a great distributor of the puck to his linemates and a valuable player asset on the power play.

Larkin is currently tied with Russian forward, Artemi Panarin, for the tournament lead in assists.

Bouncing Back 

It was a frustrating season in the National Hockey League for Larkin as he failed to duplicate his impressive rookie season. He had 13 fewer points at the end of the 2016-17 season than he did in the 2015-16 campaign and had a -28 plus/minus rating.

“I had a bitter taste in my mouth from the season just gone and I wanted to come over here,” Larkin told the reporters after Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Italy. “Every time you get to wear this (USA) jersey it’s an honor but, more than that, I wanted to finish my season on a positive note.”

The 20-year-old forward has played on the second line for Team USA in every game thus far. Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders has been a regular linemate with Larkin and has produced three goals. The other role on the second forward line has featured players such as Nick Bjugstad and Nick Schmaltz.

More Points to Come?

Team USA has three games remaining in the preliminary round of the tournament. This weekend they will face Latvia on Saturday and Slovakia on Sunday. They will close out the round against Russia on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a great group coming over and we want to win medals. It’s a mix of personal things, team things, country things and I’ve got a positive feeling that we can do well in this tournament.

With three games ahead, it’s foreseeable that Larkin will reach over 10 points in the tournament. It’s been a good showing from him thus far and a sight that any Red Wings fan is happy to see. This will be a great launching point for Larkin has he eyes a big summer of training and improvement.

“I need to come back and do my part this summer and have a solid year next season.”


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