With a goal in his first game back in the NHL, Colton Sceviour continued his amazing season spanning two leagues.
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill likes to call up the player doing the best in the minors when help is needed in the NHL. Sceviour has had an exceptionally strong season in the AHL with the Texas Stars, and so he was the prime candidate to be called up. After Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench Monday night in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Alex Chiasson’s day off to recoup from the incident, Sceviour got his chance.
Sceviour had been called up for eight games earlier this season. He registered three goals and an assist in that span, including back-to-back game-winning goals. He currently leads the AHL in goals with 32, and his 63 points are good for third in the league. He has done so well this season, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Stars on Feb. 28.
In his call-ups to the NHL, Sceviour has shown that he belongs. He has good speed, is not afraid to throw his body around, and best of all, he does not give up. He plays hard every shift and usually creates a positive play. Whether it is scoring goals, breaking up a play while back-checking, or simply taking the body along the boards, he makes things happen. He is responsible with the puck in both ends and hustles back to help out on defense without getting caught out of position very often. He also is not afraid to drive the net and take position in the dirty areas on the ice. He has shown all of that without taking a single penalty.
Tuesday night at the Blues was no different. Sceviour continued to create chances offensively. He scored a power play goal late in the first period that tied the game at one and gave the Stars some much-needed momentum. He ended the game with 17:27 of ice time, more than seven other forwards for the Stars. The ice time shows that coach Lindy Ruff trusts him and is willing to keep the streaking player on the ice.
With Peverley’s season over due to health concerns after his collapse earlier this week, Sceviour should be kept in the NHL as his replacement. The young forward has earned another look at the NHL, and this is his best chance to earn a permanent stay.