There were concerns that Dylan Larkin would experience the infamous “sophomore slump” after having an outstanding first full season with the Detroit Red Wings, which saw him post 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games last year.
The 20-year-old center has had a rough start to this season thus far, with only a single assist to his name through the first three regular season games as well as a minus-5 rating and an uninspired six shots on goal.
Though it is early in the season, head coach Jeff Blashill is confident that Larkin will find his groove shortly enough. Still, he did not shy away from telling Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press that there are expectations that have changed for the young center.
Without wanting to put too much pressure on Larkin, Blashill has made it clear that a strong two-way game is essential for the young player to succeed, and that he shouldn’t expect to get tons of scoring chances without pulling his weight on the backend.