Greybeard Incorporated? Oilers bring in another 30-something vet, this time a hard-checking winger on a PTO


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This in from the Edmonton Oilers: “The Oilers have signed forward Colton Sceviour to a professional tryout agreement. Sceviour spent the 2020-21 season playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, notching five goals, five assists and two penalty minutes in 46 games. Before joining the Penguins, the 32-year-old played parts of his career with the Dallas Stars, who drafted him in the fourth round (112th overall) in 2007, as well as the Florida Panthers.”

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My take

1. Sceviour is a hard-working veteran with plenty of grit and decent skill. He’s been in the AHL and NHL for years, since 2009-10, scoring a career high of 11 NHL goals twice, in 2017-18 and 2015-16. He hasn’t played in the AHL since 2013-14 when he put up 63 points in 54 games for the Texas Stars. He was a killer AHLer who has worked his way into 500 NHL regular season games.

2. Why sign him to a PTO as opposed to bringing back Alex Chiasson, a solid defensive player and power play ace? I’m not sure. I liked Chiasson’s game fine, but perhaps the player and/or the team are looking to go in a different direction.

3. The Oilers are down one prospect winger with Dylan Holloway now out after surgery. They could be down a veteran right winger if Kailer Yamamoto doesn’t sign. That means there are one or two jobs available on the wing for the Oilers, with Tyler Benson, Brendan Perlini, Cooper Marody, Devin Shore, Kyle Turris and now Sceviour battling for those one or two jobs.

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4. With Yamamato out, I like this move, in part because I have strong impressions of Scevour being a good two-way player. That said, I haven’t seen him play recently. Has he slipped? I can’t say. He’s 32 now, so unless he’s a mad dog fitness fanatic some drop off would be expected. At The Hockey Writers blog, writer Nick Horwat gave him a D+ mark for the first half of the year, writing: “The Penguins’ fourth line has been hard to watch, and Colton Sceviour has had his hand in the troubles. He seemed to do well at the beginning of the season, picking up two important goals against the Washington Capitals. Since then, however, it’s been rough for the 31-year-old. He had no points in 13 straight games, became a regular healthy scratch, and was briefly placed on waivers. Sceviour has not been good for the Penguins. In 21 games, he only has two goals and an assist.” But at The Athletic, writer Josh Yoshe gave him a C+ mark on the full year, saying:
“Consummate professional. There’s no flash to his game, but if he needs to play in the playoffs, he can be trusted. There’s something to be said for that.”

5. He’s a different kind of player than Marody and Benson, so I don’t see him beating them out. The competition on the wing will come down to what Tippett wants and needs at any extra forward position, more skill in the from players like Marody or Benson, or more checking from a player like Shore or, now, Sceviour.

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