Here's my bold prediction: Dylan Larkin will be sent down to Grand Rapids once Datsyuk and/or Helm are healthy whether he is tearing it up or not. Holland is not going to make roster moves to keep Larkin in the lineup. He may have to do so to keep the plethora of other forwards we have, but it won't be for Larkin.
I'd rather Jurco or Pulkkinen be in the lineup in Detroit and Larkin continue to develop in Grand Rapids for a season. Then when Richards is gone next season, that would be the perfect opportunity for Larkin to come in and take over as the 2nd line center...
I too would like to see Pulkkinen and Jurco in the line up as much as possible so that we can get a true understanding of just what we have with them as players. I understand that completely.
On the other hand, I really like that Larkin made the team. The reason why I like this so much is just the simple fact that a 19 year old hasn't made the team out of training camp since Steve Yzerman. If nothing else, it signifies a glimmer of change in the way this team handles prospects. I don't forsee the team making hard choices to keep Larkin in the lineup. When Helm and/or Datsyuk are ready to come back and we need to send someone down, it's a non-issue because Larkin has waiver eligibility. I do want him to tear it up in the AHL, but a couple weeks up with the Wings isn't going to hurt his development nor is it shelving Pulkkinen and/or Jurco for an obscene amount of time.