Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was extremely honest about potentially being part of the upcoming NHL All-Star festivities on Jan. 24-25. After being nominated for "Last Men In" — a process giving fans the ability to select one more player from each division to be voted into All-Star Weekend — Larkin asked fans to avoid his name on the ballot.
"Please don't vote [for me]. I like the days off more," Larkin said Tuesday, per the Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James.
Larkin is having a down season with just nine goals and 24 points through 40 games, putting him on pace to finish with 18 goals and 49 points, which would be his lowest scoring output since 2016-17. Last season, he had 32 goals and 73 points in 76 games.
The 2019-20 campaign has been less than ideal for the Red Wings, who currently sit last in the NHL with a 9-28-3 record, making them the only team in the league that has yet to win at least 10 games this season.
Over the course of the season, the 23-year-old winger has also been straightforward when it comes to the team's overall performance.
"It's frustrating. Call it what you want it, it's frustrating right now. It's tough to try and find an answer when it's night after night and we try different things," Larkin said after the team dropped a 6-1 decision to the New York Rangers on Nov. 6, just two days after suffering another 6-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
"It seems like it's a different story every night. We can't really seem to generate a full 60 minutes, a full complete game."
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) December 29, 2019
Forward Tyler Bertuzzi was the only Detroit player to make the All-Star roster as part of the Metropolitan Division team. He leads the Red Wings with 30 points in 40 games.