Okay . . . time to set myself up for a punch in the face.
I was going through the Buffalo Sabres roster the other day, because I am a nerd and that’s the sort of thing I do when I’m bored. As I was browsing, my
eyes zoned in on the name John Scott. It’s not like I didn’t know he was on the roster – I’m not that dumb- but for some reason, the question popped into my head:
Do the Sabres really need to fill a roster spot with John Scott?
Buffalo is currently in the midst of a rebuild, correct? We’ve all heard the names: Zemgus Girgensons. Joel Armia. Rasmus Ristolainen. Nikita Zadorov. Jake McCabe. Johan Larsson. Corey Tropp. I could go on! Lots of young prospects, limited slots available with the blue and the gold. So why keep a potential up-and-coming player off of the roster because of a man who took far less shots (15) than penalty minutes (69) last season? Is anyone going to miss Scott’s line of 0-0-0, or his plus/minus of -1? We’re talking about a guy who averaged 5:26 minutes of ice time per game, playing on about six shifts every shift – do we really need to keep this guy?
(See why I fear for my face right about now?)
I know what some people will argue – he gives us added toughness. Not if he’s not on the ice, he doesn’t. And aren’t there tough players who actually possess, you know, hockey skills, too? Guys who can defend, antagonize, and maybe even – wait for it! – score from time to time? John Scott is the sort of player who might have been necessary in the 70s or 80s, but can the Sabres really justify keeping him on the roster while a young prospect toils down in the minors?
Keeping John Scott on the roster may not lose the Buffalo Sabres games, but he doesn’t win them, either, so I would rather give a young player some ice time, or have the team go out and grab a tough player who can actually make a contribution to the final score.
But enough about me – time for you to vote! As always, I love to read your comments or receive your Tweets @theamazingMrS! Unless you’re John Scott, in which case I’m sorry and please don’t hurt me, sir.