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December 2015 Issue

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  MICHIGAN IN THE PROS BY CHRIS BALAS F ormer Michigan center Dylan Larkin is proving he belongs in the world's best hockey league. The Detroit Red Wings rookie, only 19 years old, became the first teenager to appear in the Red Wings' season- opening lineup in 25 years when he took the ice against Toronto Oct. 9. The last player to do that was Mike Sillinger, who started the 1990-91 sea- son with the Red Wings. "I don't think the philosophy has changed in that we want to make sure that guys are over-ready when they get to the [NHL] level," Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill told The Edmonton Sun. "I don't think that's changed from [general man- ager] Ken Holland's take. But we looked at Dylan and said, 'He makes us better.' "One of the reasons he's allowed to step in right away and play is be- cause he has a great 200-foot game. A lot of good, young players have to learn how to play defense the right way, how to play a 200-foot game, how to play from the defensive side of the puck, how to not turn pucks   MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Dylan Larkin Meeting The Hype In Detroit Larkin started his NHL career by tallying two goals and four assists in his first five contests. PHOTO BY JAMIE KELLNER

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