OPINION: John Scott is not now, was not then, and never will be an All-Star

Five: the number of total goals scored by current Arizona Coyote John Scott in his nine-year NHL career.
Six: assists by John Scott in his career
-17: John Scott’s career plus/minus rating
535: penalty minutes incurred in the NHL
56: the most games played in one season, 2013-14 with the Sabres
0: total goals this season in six games played with the Coyotes
2nd: John Scott’s current standing in the NHL All-Star Fan Vote (as of noon Wednesday)

Yesterday, the NHL opened the online fan vote for the new All-Star game format, a 3-on-3 tournament with teams from each division. Also yesterday, the Twitter campaign #JohnScott4NHLASG began. When I started writing this at around 11:40, he sat behind Chicago’s Patrick Kane at #2 and Washnigton’s Alex Ovechkin at #1. Now, Scott is in second place.

Nicklas Backstrom, who has more points this season (20) than John Scott has in his career (11), sits in 32nd place. Scott is not an All-Star in any sense of the word, no matter what the Fan Vote says. Sure, it would be funny to see him get one All-Star nod, but not at the expense of more talented players.

Even on his own team, Max Domi is 9th, Oliver Ekman-Larsson is 41st, and the next closest Coyote is Shane Doan at 70th. For comparison’s sake, Domi has 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists), Ekman-Larsson has 16 (6 goals, 10 assists), and Doan has 10 (6 goals, 4 assists). Only Doan, who has been hampered by injuries recently, has fewer points this season than Scott’s career total.

Last year, fans should remember when everyone in Buffalo and Latvia got their laptops out and voted for Zemgus Girgensons to go to the Columbus All-Star game. He is now 45th; a far cry form last year when he was the leading vote-getter for a while.

Please, for the sake of ice hockey, both the game and the league, do not vote for John Scott to go to the All-Star Game. He does not deserve it.

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About Max Wolpoff

Journalism student at Boston University ('19), lifelong fan of the Washington Capitals, beat writer and occasional broadcaster for the BU Women's Ice Hockey team. If you ever need him during the week, Max is probably studying for something.
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