We took a bit of an extended break, but from now until the draft we'll be counting down the top 20 prospects in the Dallas Stars organization. We continue today with #13, Colton Sceviour
Center / Texas Stars
April 20, 1989
Hometown: Red Deer, AB
Drafted: 4th Round, 2007 NHL Entry Draft
|2008-09 - Lethbridge Hurricanes
|2009-10 -Texas Stars
|2010-11 -Texas Stars
|2011-12 -Texas Stars
For the man that some feel was the Texas Stars MVP last season (see Hundred Degree Hockey for more on that), the time may have finally come to make the jump to the NHL in a bottom-six, energy role capacity.
Colton Sceviour was drafted five years ago in the 2007 entry draft after just a 38 point performance with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Two seasons later the Stars' gamble on his potential started to pay off when his total blossomed to 80 points with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and he made the jump to go pro after that, helping the Texas Stars get to the Calder Cup Finals in his rookie season.
Three years of service in Cedar Park have seen Colton's stock rise, along with his offense, but it's his other attributes that could get him to the NHL this fall. He's seen duty on the power play and penalty kill, and was trusted with 5-on-3 PK duties this last season. Gulutzan and Pyle both used Sceviour in hard minutes and end of game situations.
His -8 last season to go along with his career best offensive numbers is a deceiving number, as he played top line minutes head to head against the best in the AHL's West, and the AHL is a much better league than some think. He was a stand out in camp last season and impressed those at the AAC with his energy. Adding a little offense didn't hurt.
Should he get serious consideration for a 4th line job in Dallas this September?
Continued after the jump...
From Stephen with Hundred Degree Hockey, because he knows him better than we do...
He was one of the better players on the team at minus-8 and was constantly slotted on the top line, playing against the best the West had to offer this season (which was a lot).
Most remarkable among those stats was the impact of the tallies. His six game-winning goals amounted for almost 20% of the wins Texas got on the year period. He's money in the shootout, going 2/4 on the season, and scored on a penalty shot as well in the year.
Sceviour has become a true all-situations type player, something every player projected as an NHL third-liner should strive for. Additionally impressive to me this season was Sceviour's role as a veteran. We've previously discussed his role in bringing along the development of Scott Glennie while teamed up with Francis Wathier.
Sceviour is not currently under contract with the Dallas Stars for next season. He is a restricted free agent and the Stars must tender him an offer to retain his rights by Monday the 25th (along with a host of others).
His performance in a bad situation last season in Texas, combined with the Stars desire to get younger and cheaper where they are able, in this case the 4th line with the big club, means they will likely extend that opportunity with another one year deal. Sceviour's performance last year in training camp and Gulutzan's familiarity with him should give him a good shot at earning minutes from a group that included Toby Petersen, Krys Barch, Tom Wandell, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell and Ryan Garbutt last year.