Just yesterday we listed Sceviour as one of the players still available as a PTO candidate, given his 500 games of NHL experience. Last season the 32-year-old scored five goals and ten points in 46 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, while averaging fewer than ten minutes a night.
With career-highs of 11 goals and 26 points, Sceviour isn’t going to bring a ton of offensive ability to the table but can still be a relatively useful bottom-six player. He’s joining an Oilers roster that is anything but settled in that regard, with players like Devin Shore and Brendan Perlini in the mix for the fourth line.
Just today, the team announced that top forward prospect Dylan Holloway will be sidelined for the next several months after wrist surgery, which also could complicate the Oilers’ plans. Someone like Sceviour could easily fill a 13th or 14th forward role for the first few months of the season at least while the team determines where their young talent is best utilized.
Of course, it is important to remember that professional tryouts are not necessarily only a showcase for the team that signs them. Sceviour will be able to train and compete against other NHL players while he looks for work around the league. For the Oilers specifically, the team is over the cap until they place Oscar Klefbom on long-term injured reserve, meaning a contract for Sceviour could also come down the line after some other transactional gymnastics take place.