That is a 100% true headline, albeit still a bit misleading.
Dylan Larkin, a 19 year old 1st round draft pick (2014) from Waterford has made the Red Wings opening night roster just a year after impressing at the University of Michigan as a Freshman & deciding to turn pro instead of heading back to college.
Larkin was selected by the Red Wings as the 15th overall pick in 2014 and fans immediately, in thier minds, had him paired up with 2013 1st round pick, Anthony Mantha, as the future of the Red Wings.
Mantha has taken a bit longer to develop & had a broken leg last year delay his development, but Larkin wasted no such time.
In his first Red Wings camp, Larkin was routinely skating with veteran linemates against proven NHL competition & showcased his immense talent & skill beyond his years.
From Head Coach Jeff Blashill (via MLive’s Ansar Khan):
“Right now, we just told him a couple minutes ago that he made the opening day roster and then we’ll make our decisions as we continue on,” Blashill said following practice today at Joe Louis Arena.
Larkin will be the first teenager to skate with the Red Wings since Jiri Fischer did so in 1999-2000.
During practice this morning, Larkin was skating on a line with Justin Abdelkader & Henrik Zetterberg, which should allow Larkin a fair amount of ice time in his first NHL game & not put too much pressure on him as the Center of a line getting 10-12 minutes.
This move may prove to simply be a stop gap as Blashill would prefer another skater that can play center on the roster until Darren Helm & Pavel Datsuyk are both back from injuries in early November. But, for now, Larkin, just a 19 year old from Waterford, will be starting the season with the big club.