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The Elite Dylan Larkin

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On 1/8/2019 at 7:01 AM, krsmith17 said:

Agreed. But I don't even necessarily think Larkin needs "elite" wingers like Ovechkin or Kane. I think even if he had legit "top line" wingers he could be a 90+ point two-way center. Which in my opinion would put him in the conversation of elite. If Mantha continues to grow into the player he's capable of... If Zadina hits his ceiling... If we draft in the top 3 in the next two years... Larkin could have some very good, maybe even elite wingers to play with...

For sure, I'm just pointing out how much better he could be production wise if he had snipers like that. Lets hope Mantha/Zadina hit their ceilings, as that is huge for us in the development of this team..

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1 hour ago, LeftWinger said:

The Line of AA-Larkin-Hughes will make Larkin ELITE.

Perhaps it's just how I look at what makes a player "Elite", but I fundamentally have a problem with your statement.  You're either elite or your not.  If you need certain players to play with to boost your stats, then you are not elite in my mind.  Doesn't mean Larkin won't get to elite status, but if he gets there in my mind, it will be regardless of who he plays with.

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8 minutes ago, toby91_ca said:

Perhaps it's just how I look at what makes a player "Elite", but I fundamentally have a problem with your statement.  You're either elite or your not.  If you need certain players to play with to boost your stats, then you are not elite in my mind.  Doesn't mean Larkin won't get to elite status, but if he gets there in my mind, it will be regardless of who he plays with.

I agree to an extent. I agree that elite players are elite no matter who you play them with. Connor McDavid currently has 63 points in 42 games playing in between Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira (Who?)...  I consider Larkin to be a very good top line center, but I wouldn't consider him elite. Not yet anyway. However, putting a couple competent wingers on his line could put him in the conversation in a few years. Players like Larkin are going to need some help to get there. If he does end up playing with two high end wingers over the next few seasons, and explodes offensively, I'm not going to discredit him, just because he finally has players to play with (not saying this is what you're saying).

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On 1/10/2019 at 11:50 AM, Dabura said:

Posted this in the 2019 Draft thread, but it might be more relevant here:

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That's some sassy company right there with Larkin in the top 5. Draisaitl is better then two of the four first overalls in six years the Oilers got. He's on a tear this season, any scoring they lost when trading Hall he's more than picked up the slack for.

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5 hours ago, mackel said:

Dboss who came up with that... its possibly the worst hockey nickname I've seen... 

Agreed. Always thought it was pretty bad. Larkin made it up on video as a kid, video got out, Dboss it was. 

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19 minutes ago, chaps80 said:

Agreed. Always thought it was pretty bad. Larkin made it up on video as a kid, video got out, Dboss it was. 

That's about as sad as the Tavares in bed with leafs kit on picture we see just about every Saturday night on HNIC.

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