We here at DobberHockey have been trumpeting several breakout targets for this season. And to a man, Anthony Mantha was on all of our lists and the tips of our writing fingers. Personally, I felt he would take another step forward this season. However, I wondered if the true breakout was still a year or so out. Which is saying something. Mantha clicked at a 31 goal, 60-point pace last season. I felt he could hit those markers and then some this year.
Well, he dropped a four-spot on the Stars on Sunday evening and currently sits with five goals and seven points in just two contests. The power foward is off to a rocket start.
The top line is the only line of interest in Detroit, but they are deliciously dangerous on a nightly basis. The trio has combined for eight goals and 16 points through the first week of action. That leads all the first line combos by a healthy margin. This is as one-line a team as I've seen in some time. That said, Filip Hronek has been good despite being banished to the second power-play unit. Dennis Cholowski is skating on the top unit and being very sheltered at evens.
One of these guys is going to make some dough with that trio of forwards on the ice. I'm sticking with my bet that its Hronek.
Roope Hintz has been the Stars best player through two games, and frankly, it hasn't been all that close. Dallas is off to a rocky start to the season, but the young forward has been their bright spot. He po