Dallas Stars Recall Colton Sceviour, Mix Up Lines at Practice in Fiddler's Absence

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Vern Fiddler's absence could cause a sizable shakeup in the forward groupings.

Vern Fiddler is the latest Dallas Stars player to join the quickly growing list of injured, so the Dallas Stars have recalled forward Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

From the release: "Sceviour, 24, leads the AHL with 18 goals this season and leads all Texas Stars with 30 points (12-18=30) in 26 games. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward from Red Deer, Alta., has played in two career NHL contests, registering one assist. Sceviour was Dallas' fourth-round selection (112th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft."

Sceviour did his best to earn a look in the preseason with a hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche before being sent through waivers.

Travis Morin has already been recalled and sent back this season and there was some talk that perhaps Scott Glennie's time to shine had finally arrived, but Sceviour, waiver eligible, gets the chance

Fiddler has not been placed on injured reserve.

Sceviour was present at practice this morning, and lines were reported to be these:

Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin
Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt
Cole-Horcoff-Chiasson/Sceviour
Whitney-Jeffrey-Peverley

What on earth does THAT mean?

Lindy Ruff's had us jumping at shadows several times already this season through just 28 games- This time we'd speculate that he's trying different things in an effort to cope without Vern Fiddler for some length of time.

On paper they could keep their first two lines intact. That leaves Ryan Garbutt, Antoine Roussel, Rich peverley, Colton Sceviour, Dustin Jeffrey, Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff from which to construct the bottom two groupings.

A curious thing happened in the Philadelphia game upon Fiddler's departure. Ruff did some interesting things with his lines, but the pattern that emerged was Cody Eakin playing with Garbutt and Roussel more often than with Chiasson and Whitney.

In fact, Chiasson and Whitney each took three shifts in the second and three shifts in the third, giving them both just over 12 minutes for the game where they're more typically in the 17-19 range.

So perhaps Eaking between Roussel and Garbutt isn't such a crazy thing to expect against Chicago at all. Eakin, Whitney and Chiasson have not had good possession numbers against the Hawks this season anyway.

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