John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres may be a lot of things, but a hockey player isn’t one of them. The self-proclaimed tough guy of the Sabres has embarrassed himself and the game twice over the last month, and at this point has no place in the NHL. None. Zero. Zilch.
The guy brings absolutely nothing to the game. He’s become the No. 1 cheap-shot artist in the league, and to make matters worse he clearly targets players who are way, way more talented than him. Which isn’t saying much, but we digress.
Scott is in the news for the wrong reason again following his high hit on Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins last night. With his team down two goals with just over 14 minutes left to play, Scott decided to take a run at Eriksson in the neutral zone. The hit was late. The hit was high. The hit was to the head and the hit was garbage.
Buffalo News photographer Harry Scull gets John Scott’s impact with Bruins’ Loui Eriksson. pic.twitter.com/S1bsgNcrNj
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) October 24, 2013
After what Scott tried to pull with Phil Kessel during the preseason, there’s little doubt left as to why this guy is still in the league. He’s in the NHL to run stars and to try and get the Sabres “momentum” the good ol’ (stupid) fashioned way.
Unlike some of the plays we’ve seen earlier this season, Scott’ contact had nothing to do with the speed of the game because 1. Scott can barely skate and 2. Play wasn’t moving that quickly.
There is no reason that Scott shouldn’t get 10 games-plus at this point. Anything less than that will be an absolute joke. Not as big of a joke though as calling John Scott a hockey player. He is averaging less than five minutes a game and is currently on pace for 156 PIMs, 0 goals, 0 assists and a minus-33 rating.