NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers

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

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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