Player: Colton Sceviour
Born: Apr 20, 1989 (32)
Weight: 190 lbs.
Place of birth: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Shooting : Right
Rough draft: Dallas Stars – Round 4 (# 112) – 2007
Statistics 2020-21: 46 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 P
Contract status: Signed a three-year contract, $ 3,600,000 contract with the Florida Panthers in 2018-19 with a cap of $ 1.2 million; will be a UFA this summer.
Sceviour didn’t dress for a single game in the Penguins’ six-game series against the New York Islanders.
History of the season
If ‘fourth-row winger’ were a term in a dictionary, a photo of Colton Sceviour could very well appear alongside.
There was nothing sexy or too impressive about the 32-year-old’s last campaign. Sceviour has built his reputation as a reliable, harmless and plug-and-play attacker. His value, as you’ll see below, comes in the form of his penalty kill abilities.
Sceviour’s April is his most successful offensively, scoring three goals and six of his 10 total points this year. More on this development a little later.
At the end of the season, however, Sceviour was left behind as a healthy scratch, with Mike Sullivan choosing to ride with Jeff Carter, Jared McCann and Frederick Gaudreau on line three while leaving his Zach Aston-Reese buzzsaw line up. , Teddy Blueger and Brandon Tanev intact to solidify the last six.
Regular Season 5v5 Advanced Stats
data via Natural Stat Trick. The standings are on the team’s 16 forwards who qualified by playing a minimum of 150 minutes.
Corsi For%: 49.39 (11th)
Goals for%: 48.28 (13th)
xGF%: 11.1 (12th)
% Chance To Score: 53.75 (4th)
% Chance To Score High Danger: 45.71 (11th)
% 5v5 ice shooting: 7.91 (11th)
% savings on ice: 90.57 (14th)
Goals / 60: 0.7
Assistance / 60: 0.7
Points / 60: 1.4
– Nothing here looks good on paper. Finishing down in almost all of these categories gives the indication of a not-so-good player. Sceviour’s advanced metrics have never been really favorable, and this season has been no different in that regard. Although if you’re looking for bright spots, he’s had a better year in terms of CF% and FF% compared to his last year with the Florida Panthers.
Sceviour was never going to turn on the lamp or appear in the assists column, but not everyone in the league has the ability to shoot or finish a Crosby or McDavid.
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Sceviour’s statistical history shows a rather disappointing player. But according to this WAR chart at least, he was a decent and responsible attacker defensively in 2021.
And looking at a larger sample here, the past three seasons to be exact, the Alberta native has actually shown signs of improvement in his game. Again, note the decrease in offensive production over the course of this period, but also note the respectable uniform strength percentages. Sceviour is, by all accounts, your average bottom-sixer.
Looking at the career trajectory above, it’s clear that Sceviour’s best years could be behind him from an offensive standpoint. It has settled into its role as a room of depth.
Sceviour shared the ice with Mark Jankowski, Anthony Angello, Sam Lafferty and a plethora of other depth players who filled the bottom two lines.
Much of his ice time has taken the form of a 5v5 game or the defense of the opposition power play. The change starts at the bottom of this image and highlights Sceviour’s reputation and reliability as a defensive forward.
As mentioned earlier, it added great value to the PK. The Pens were often better with Sceviour (left image) compared to him who was not on the ice (right image).
Perhaps Sceviour’s most notable game of the 2021 season came on April 11 against the New Jersey Devils. A day after being placed on waivers by the Penguins, he was not claimed and his status with the club remained unchanged.
He adjusted for the next game and found the back of the net twice, propelling Pittsburgh to a 5-2 victory over their devilish division rivals:
Nice play from Marcus Petterson to bring Sceviour into the attacking zone. While the first attempt didn’t work, that didn’t mean Sceviour was ready to give up on the play.
And a few moments later, the winger hurtled down the front line again. Solid deflection goal thanks to Mike Matheson. Patric Hornqvist’s business is in full swing right now.
At the end of the line
In all fairness, the Penguins could have done a lot worse than Colton Sceviour. Yes, he’s no analysis darling and his point totals aren’t overwhelmingly impressive, but I’m sure the player is better than a lot of other forwards in the league’s last six black holes.
There isn’t a single trait that is going to impress you with Sceviour. You get a responsible penalty killer that will give you weird goals here and there. But for a fourth-round pick in 2007, he managed to carve out a respectable career for himself.
What future for the veteran? He has an expiring contract on a team looking to lose some pay and make some changes to maximize the final years of the Crosby-Malkin era.
Sceviour can be sacrificed to the Penguins. They might find cheaper alternatives in the free agent market or through their farming system (eg Radim Zohorna) to complete their last six for next season. The $ 1.2 million previously made by Sceviour could certainly be used elsewhere.
Question to ponder
Will the Penguins look to retain Sceviour’s services ahead of the 2021-22 campaign? While I think that’s unlikely, it’s not like the striker would demand a massive contract given his abilities.
How would you rate Colton Sceviour’s 2020-21 season?