And LA is just two games away from sending us to the official OFFSEASON! (pause for claps)
And before that gets here, I’m trying to get everyone’s report cards done! At least before July 1st, I’ll have them done, I promise.
Meanwhile, here’s the next report card on #22, Colton Sceviour:
Colton Sceviour played a small part of his season with the Dallas Stars and made an immediate impact with his offensive talent. He has not returned to the Texas Stars and is most likely looking at a full time NHL job in his future.
Sceviour started his first majority season (he played 1 game each of the past few seasons) and was called up to help out with a Stars team riddled with injuries back in November/December. And he made sure he was the man they needed. He skated in 26 games for the Stars during the regular season, mainly skating with Shawn Horcoff and Vernon Fiddler. And he put up some pretty good-looking numbers. He netted 8 goals throughout the season and tallied 4 assists during his on and off performances in his NHL debut season. And for a 25 year old playing in his first semi-real NHL season, those are awesome numbers!
And he didn’t stop there…
Sceviour finished off his partial first year in the NHL in the postseason with the other newbie Stars. In his playoff debut, he skated in all 6 games with the Stars and finished it with 1 goal and 2 assists. His numbers overall for regular and post season while skating third line and being 25 years young are stellar.
With his numbers raising many an eyebrow, he is looking like a full time roster slot for the seasons to come.
Sceviour’s contract was originally set to expire this coming offseason and make him a UFA. But Jim didn’t stutter. On February 28th, the Dallas Stars organization signed Colton Sceviour to a 2 year extension so he will be around for a while. His salary is currently $600,000 for the upcoming season, with a $100,000 increase for 2015-2016 and a consistent cap hit of $650,000. His contract is well-deserved and a fantastic investment on the Stars part and he will be able to help both AHL and NHL programs for the years to come.
In my opinion:
Sceviour is a young offensive threat. He is an up and coming star and deserves a starting spot on the Stars squad. He has served 3 seasons with the Texas Stars and has improved his technique over the last few seasons. With his stint of experience, his stock is on the rise. He knows how to handle and protect the puck very well, plus his accuracy is on point.
The Stars are lucky to have him and smart to bring him back. Next year he will most likely be a full time forward for the Stars roster and provide the depth scoring they direly need. Though his physical game is not fully there, his offensive skills make up for it. The Stars need Sceviour, and Sceviour needs the Stars.
The bottom line on Colton Sceviour:
Colton Sceviour was just an AHL no name before this season. Now he is a well-known offensive-first player that has earned a spot on the Stars team. Being a part of a young team as he is, he will fit in perfectly with this “on-the-rise” fledgling team.
Sceviour was recently rewarded with a new 2 year extension, and he plans to live those two years to the fullest.
The Stars can keep him for the rest of his contract. He’s proved that he can run with the big boys and produce steady numbers that in turn move the Stars along and give them offensive presence on all 4 lines. He meshes well with the rest of the young talent and fits in well with whoever he is paired with. He can only get better and become even more of an offensive threat. That is a good number of pros with no cons to be seen.
They could trade him, but it would only be as a sweetener to a larger deal. Sceviour is too young to be a bishop in a chess game, he’s still on pawn status. His trade stock is low and the Stars wouldn’t be able to capture the necessities they need with just Sceviour. He would need to be an addition, but I don’t see his name anywhere near the trade block this coming offseason.
He is a valuable member of the Stars who is still growing but deserves to be a full time member at the AAC. He will help the Stars in their possible Cup run next year and they could truly use him in the coming years. An integral part to their overall success and still worthy of ice time.
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