This article is part of our NHL Barometer series.
This week's article includes a resurgence in Hockeytown, the other D-man in Philly and a Flower still sidelined.
First Liners (Risers)
Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA – Trocheck had his breakout campaign in 2014-15, during which he tallied 25 goals with 28 assists. In what was a nightmarish season for Florida last year, Trocheck still scored 23 goals with 31 assists, albeit with a minus-13 rating. Centering the second line for the Panthers, the 64th overall pick in 2011 is off to a strong start with 14 points in 12 games.
Dylan Larkin, C, DET – Larkin put together a solid rookie campaign with 17 goals and 28 assists. But he suffered through a nightmarish sophomore season, notching just 17 goals and 15 helpers with an unsightly minus-28 rating. Detroit moved Larkin back to center this year, a move that has paid dividends through the first month of the season. The Michigan native has a pair of goals with 11 assists in 14 games.
Reilly Smith, RW, Las Vegas – Smith began his career in Dallas but came to Boston in the Tyler Seguin deal. After a big initial season in the Hub, Smith slumped in his second season there, resulting in a trade to Florida. Smith tallied 25 goals and 25 assists in his first campaign in the Sunshine State, landing a five-year extension worth $25 million. But like his time in Boston, Smith regressed in Florida and they dealt him to Vegas. Smith has adapted nicely