Now in his third year of professional hockey, forward Colton Sceviour feels it’s time that he starts making his case for being an NHL player. So far this preseason the 22-year-old has been doing just that.
Sceviour has had a strong training camp and in three preseason games he has picked up three points (two goals, one assist) and a plus-three rating.
“Coming in this year that was my goal, to come in and make a statement in camp. I want to be up here and I want to be up here all year. That was my mindset going into the camp,” Sceviour said. “I think I’ve made a little bit of a statement so far, but obviously it takes more than a couple of decent games, a couple of good games to prove that. I just want to keep playing like I’ve been playing and prove that I have the ability to play at this level full time.”
The young forward is still a long shot to land a spot on the opening night roster, but he’s made a strong case for being at the top of the call up list this season.
Sceviour is a versatile, two-way forward who can play center and both wings. Last season he finished third in scoring for the Texas Stars of the AHL with 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) in 77 games while playing in all situations, including penalty kill and power play.
It was his second season playing under now Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. His familiarity with Gulutzan and the system the coach is putting in place in Dallas has been a major plus in camp and the preseason for Sceviour.
“It is definitely an advantage,” Sceviour said. “Coming in and playing for a coach you’ve play under for two years and he’s running the same systems when you played for him, you don’t have to think, you can just go out and play and think about what you have to do personally. It just makes the game a lot easier to go out and play.”
The 2007 draft pick (fourth round) made his NHL debut last season, getting called up when the Stars were hit hard by injuries and playing in a game at Philadelphia.
“That game was great, it was fun. It was an awesome experience,” said Sceviour. “Now I want to have more of those. It gets you greedy.”
The Stars thought he was a guy who should be pushing for NHL time coming into this season. And so did Gulutzan, and that was before he became the new bench boss in Dallas.
“When I left Colton in April after we lost to Milwaukee in playoffs we talked about how the price of poker had gone up for him,” Gulutzan said. “When he talked in April, I said now you’ve got to show them in the third year of your deal that you are knocking at the door a little bit, and he is.”
Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who has not been practicing since tweaking a knee in the preseason opener against Montreal, is skating.
“He’s going to be close. It’s up to Brenden now,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He skated [Wednesday] and said he was pretty good.”
Still, Gulutzan said there is no need to rush Morrow back into preseason action with the season opener still more than a week away.
Stars vs. Florida
The Stars will play their sixth preseason game and their final one at home when they host the Florida Panthers Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Roster at 32
Dallas Stars Current Roster
The players remaining on the Dallas Stars roster following Wednesday's transactions that sent seven players to Texas (AHL).