The Dallas Stars continued to build to the future when they signed Colton Sceviour to a two-year contract extension on Feb. 28.
The 24-year-old forward was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (112th overall). He scored 144 points in 138 games in the WHL before moving up to the AHL’s Texas Stars in 2009. He tallied 125 points in 232 games over the next three seasons. His point totals have increased in each of the past three seasons, and he took a big step forward in his development this season. Sceviour currently leads the AHL with 31 goals, and his 62 points are good for third in the league. He played eight games in the NHL this season and registered three goals and an assist. More impressive is the fact that two of his goals were game-winners and he managed to put 22 shots on goal. He displayed a knack for driving hard to the net and getting quality shots on goal.
The two-year extension through the 2015-16 season means Stars fans can expect to see more of Sceviour in the near future. With the March 5 trade deadline coming up, he could be called up if the Stars ship out a forward. He is on a one-way contract which means that, for the most part, if he gets brought up to Dallas, he will most likely stay there to avoid going through waivers.
His recent play has earned him a chance to crack Dallas’ lineup next season. He is not the biggest player, but he is not afraid to throw his body around and use it to protect the puck. His breakaway goal against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 17 displayed his speed, offensive instincts and slick hands. He put himself in a position to get a pass before his teammate controlled the puck. He sped through the defense, received the pass and tucked the puck in after a deke to net the game-winner.
Sceviour is one of many exciting young players in Dallas’ farm system. Even if he is not called back up this season, the future is bright for the young forward. His contract extension shows that management believes in him and expects him to be a part of team’s future.