Dylan Larkin named Red Wings’ top rookie

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Dylan Larkin

Detroit – No suspense for this award.

Dylan Larkin was named the Red Wings’ Rookie of the Year, as selected by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Larkin, 19, led the Red Wings with 23 goals and finished with 45 points.

“It was an exciting year for me personally, being able to wear the winged wheel and skate alongside great players who I grew up watching,” said Larkin, a Waterford native who played one season at Michigan.

“Playing for the Red Wings was a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working hard this summer to get better for next season.”

Larkin was the first teenager to play for the Red Wings since Jiri Hudler in 2003-04 – and the first to make the opening night roster since Mike Sillinger in 1990.

Larkin is the sixth Red Wings rookie to lead the team in goals.

In January, Larkin became just the third Red Wings rookie to be selected to the NHL All-Star Game, joining Steve Yzerman (1984) and Reed Larson (1978).

Larkin broke a skills-competition record during All-Star weekend. His 13.172-second lap broke Mike Gartner’s record.

Larkin represented Team USA at the recent world championship in Russia, scoring nine points (two goals) in 10 games.

The DSBA Red Wings Rookie of the Year award dates to the 1948-89 season. Previous winners of the award include current Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg.