Larkin registered a shorthanded goal and four PIM in Saturday's 8-2 road loss to the Bruins. Larkin was sent to the box for roughing in the first period, and the fleet-footed pivot would end up with the shorthanded tally in the third, when the game was already well out of reach. The alternate captain is the type of player who will keep fighting until the end no matter how many goals are scored by the opposition. Larkin has recorded at least one point in four of the first five games, adding three goals and two assists in all.
Larkin found the back of the net on the power play in Sunday's 4-2 road loss to the Kings. Larkin was a prime candidate to inherit the captaincy with Red Wings legend Henrik Zetterberg (back) announcing his retirement, but the 22-year-old will settle in as one of four alternative captains for the Winged Wheel. The Michigan native brings plenty of speed and leadership qualities to benefit the Original Six club, and it's clear from Larkin signing his six-year, $30.5 million contract extension in August that he's the cornerstone of a rebuilding franchise.
Larkin picked up two assists in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. The speed demon is looking to build off his breakout 63-point effort in 2017-18. The Wings are Larkin's team now and he should deliver strong fantasy value this season, even if the team is headed to the league basement.
Larkin added a shorthanded goal and an assist Tuesday, proving to be a threat in an 8-6 road win over the Blackhawks. Largely due to this latest performance, Larkin has one goal and three helpers through three preseason games. Viewed as a top candidate for the captaincy following the retirement of Henrik Zetterberg, the pivot is a treat to watch when skating alongside Andreas Athanasiou; those guys fly down on the ice and cause fits for the opposition in transition. In Tuesday's game, however, Larkin benefited from Athanasiou picking Duncan Keith's pocket and setting him up for a rocket shot that sailed past goalie Anton Forsberg. Larkin and Double-A aren't expected to form a line together during the regular season since they're technically both centers, but it can't hurt to experiment. Instead, expect Larkin to center Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha.
Larkin is ready to assume a leadership role following news that team captain Henrik Zetterberg has decided to retire due to a chronic back injury, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. This doesn't necessarily mean Larkin will inherit the captaincy -- at least right away -- but he's still a solid candidate for that spot, even as a 22-year-old, due to his tremendous work ethic and infectious attitude on and off the ice. "I don't think you need to wear a letter to be a leader and I tried last year to take a step forward in my third season," Larkin said. "I thought it was time to be a leader, be an impact player on this team. I have the same mentality for this year. Is wearing a letter everything? No. It's doing the right things, contributing to the team and winning games." Expect the Michigan native to wear the 'A' for alternate captain if team brass decides to designate a veteran as team captain (or no primary captain at all).
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