As expected, the Edmonton Oilers will sign Colton Sceviour now that the season has begun. The depth forward has inked a one-year, two-way deal worth $750K at the NHL level. Sceviour has earned himself a contract after attending Oilers camp on a PTO. PuckPedia reports that the deal includes a $200K AHL salary, with a solid $450K minor league guarantee.
In Edmonton, the Oilers are dealing with a difficult start to the season as both third goaltender Alex Stalock and depth forward Josh Archibald are out indefinitely with heart conditions. Their absence complicates–but actually adds some flexibility to–the team’s cap situation, allowing them to add a player like Sceviour after placing multiple contracts on long-term injured reserve yesterday.
With the Sceviour news, Archibald will join Stalock and Oscar Klefbom on LTIR, while Zack Kassian has been moved to regular injured reserve. Kyle Turris has also been recalled from the Bakersfield Condors now that there is room for his full cap hit, while Philip Broberg is on his way down to the AHL.
The team’s newest forward offers plenty of versatility in a depth role, including a bit of scoring upside and penalty-killing ability. Sceviour scored five goals and ten points in 46 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but has reached double-digit goal totals twice in his career. In Edmonton, he’ll serve as nothing more than a fourth-line player in all likelihood, but for a team that has struggled desperately to find quality NHL depth in recent years, his presence will be a welcome one.