When Mason Marchment was acquired from the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2022, the goal of Dallas Stars’ GM Jim Nill was to spark the offense. While Marchment did contribute depth scoring with 31 points in 68 games, the Stars were hoping for more in 2024. Over this past month, Marchment is finally clicking.
Finding the right line
Every NHL coach does it. Whether it’s injuries or jumpstarting a struggling offense, coaches juggle the lines. Stars’ head coach Pete Deboer earlier in the season struck gold thus far with the second like. Marchment along with Matt Duchene, and Tyler Seguin has been the Stars’ best scoring line as of late.
While Duchene gets most of the media attention, Marchment has also been a key part of the Stars’ second line success. Entertaining both the fans, and scoreboard about every night. He along with Duchene, and Tyler Seguin is a line where Deboer has struck gold.
Building off 2023
Marchment continues to provide depth scoring the Stars lacked during the Rick Bowness years. A lack of scoring after the Avengers line has become an afterthought. Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, and Roope Hintz have less passengers on board now. With Marchment adding the consistent backup.
Looking at last year’s final stats, Marchment is on pace to eclipse his point totals from 2023. Putting up 21 points through the first 32 games on the young season. On pace for roughly 43-44 points this year if he only plays 68 times again. That’s 12 more points than he racked up last season.
Slow start in the rear view mirror
We have talked about Marchment’s rough start, the nice reality is that it’s no concern in Dallas. While the goals might not be popping off the stat sheet he’s also making plays to setup others like Duchene, and Seguin. Very few goals don’t happen without assists. Also nobody is worried about Marchment scoring goals since he already does.
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If anybody doubted signing Marchment to a four year deal last year was a mistake he’d love to prove those people wrong. Having somebody who is able to quiet the critics is a luxury for both the coach, and the locker room.
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