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How player speed has changed the NHL

Dylan Larkin broke a record in the fastest skater contest at the All-Star Game, but he's not the only rookie speedster in the NHL. Dave Sandford/Getty Images

The defenseman is 26 years old, but the way he’s talking you’d think he’d been the league two decades. The kids, he says, are faster than ever. There’s a generation of players that have entered the league this season unlike any he’s seen.

“They’re faster. They are faster,” said the defenseman. “The game is truly faster because of these younger guys. The speed has gone up. It’s gotten faster every year.”