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In Red Wings Land

Larkin going through difficult ‘growth experience’ in dreary Red Wings season | Detroit News

Give Larkin credit, though. With the Red Wings down multiple goals, he’s still doggedly pursuing the puck all over the ice, attempting to create offense, that competitive nature coming through game after game.

“You look around the room, and there’s a guy (Larkin) right there that I don’t think has taken one shift off,” said forward Darren Helm, a veteran who has been through many highs and lows during his 13 seasons with the Red Wings.

“He competes hard,” Helm said. “He shows he wants to win and that’s the kind of leadership we need right now.”

Comments like the one above from Helm are all I need to hear or read. If veteran teammates speak that highly of Dylan Larkin, then I’m not going to be worried about his leadership or continued development. If/when he gets the ‘C’ on his sweater, it will be deserved and the franchise will be in good hands.

ICYMI

Listen to WIIM Radio: The Tarnished Silver Edition | Winging It In Motown

As always, WIIM Radio is rated R for language and smuggling.

Prashanth, Kyle and J.J. discuss the Johan Franzen/Mike Babcock/Ken Holland situation and the current state of the Red Wings.

Around the League

2020 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings: December | Sportsnet

1. Alexis Lafrenière, LW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL):Mystery surrounding his absence from the CIBC Canada-Russia series along with an incident involving an official, have shown an edgier side.

2. Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL): Exhibits the ability to play in all three zones. Is extremely agile for his size, yet he has plenty of room on his frame to add strength.

Poll

If the Red Wings get the #1 pick in the NHL Draft, who should they select?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Alexis Lafrenière
    (360 votes)
  • 30%
    Quinton Byfield
    (167 votes)
  • 3%
    Other (answer in comments)
    (21 votes)
548 votes total Vote Now