Mason Marchment joined the Dallas Stars in the middle of a transformative offseason. 

The club was about to lose mainstays John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov while questions loomed over Joe Pavelski’s extension. As Dallas passed on Klingberg and Radulov, GM Jim Nill signed Marchment to a four-year contract on Jul. 13, 2022.

“Mason is a young and talented two-way player that will immediately bolster our lineup. He possesses offensive skill and has shown he has the size, physicality, and grit to make an impact on both sides of the puck,” Nill said as reported by Greg Wyshynski.

Marchment traded the sunny shores of south Florida for the dry heat of north Texas. He recorded 18 goals and 47 points with the Florida Panthers in 2021-22. In his first season as a Star, the Ontario, CAN native collected 12 goals and 31 points. A rather low total for a player capable of producing 50+ points a season. 

He has already eclipsed last season’s total with 18 goals and 46 points through 57 games this year so far. 

It took a few games playing on the fourth line for Marchment to find his rhythm in his second year in Dallas. However, the chemistry on the Stars’ second line – Marchment, Matt Duchene, Tyler Seguin – is palpable. It actually began as a third line, but their dynamic offense elevated them to the second line. 

“There’s no doubt early in the season [Marchment] was trying to figure out where his game fits with two guys like Duchene and Seguin when he plays a totally different game from them,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “It’s working through the process. I think early in the season he was trying to play their game a little too much. Recently. I think, he has brought his game to that line, and that’s what he’s got to do.” 

A grueling power forward, Marchment packs a subtle, yet elite shooting punch that compliments natural playmakers Duchene and Seguin. He is unafraid to frustrate the opposition on a nightly basis. He leads the Stars in PIMs (42) and is second in hits (77) behind defenseman Joni Hakanpaa (159).

Duchene, Marchment and Seguin are among the team’s leading scorers. Together, they currently have 60 goals and 146 points. The Stars’ first line – Jason Robertson, Rope HIntz and Joe Pavelski – has 61 goals and 154 points altogether.  

Marchment is one of Nill’s diamonds in the rough, star in the night.

Is there a plan to have Marchment replace Pavelski on the top line following this season? Pavelski needs to sign an extension to continue his career with the club. 

Marchment can play with explosive talent, but DeBoer would face a dilemma: break up one of the most dangerous second lines in all of hockey or keep it together until other teams figure them out? 

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