In Red Wings Land
Larkin essentially proved he can play center regularly in the NHL after mostly being on a wing previously. But is he really a No.1?
We’ve been here before with Larkin. He took the NHL by storm early his rookie season, vaulting to among the leaders in plus-minus and gracing the cover of The Hockey News with the question, “The Next Jonathan Toews?”
Then he slumped mightily. So Larkin had a pretty good third year, and now he’s supposed to be, what, “The Next Steve Yzerman…”
So if Dylan Larkin is only a No.2 center then he’s not worthy of being the captain of the Red Wings and the leader in the dressing room? I’m a firm believer that the best, most skilled player doesn’t have to be a team’s captain.
However, I do agree with Pat Caputo that Larkin needs to understand the weight and responsibility that comes with the role of being the Wings captain. It’s not easy following the likes of Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg.
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