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John Scott To Play Defence?


The Buffalo Sabres are back in action tonight as they square-off against the rival Boston Bruins, a team that has been known to beat up opponents and give goalies a little chin music- just ask Ryan Miller. Since the Sabres are playing the big bad Bruins, one could almost expect enforcer John Scott to be in the line-up for the blue and gold- but not like he will be tonight.

During the Sabres game day skate it was pointed out on twitter that Scott was wear a blue jersey and taking reps playing defence, that led

to speculation that Scott would surprisingly be scratch for for the 2nd straight game tonight. But Ted Nolan seems to have a different plan to get Scott some ice time.

Ted Nolan would like to get John Scott some ice time without having to disrupt the current forward core which has been rolling and scored 4 goals in their last outing. Playing the Bruins, it would also be a good idea to have Scott around. In order to get him that ice time, Nolan is considering starting Scott on the blueline tonight. Yes, you read that correctly, John Scott may well play defence tonight.

“I think he looks good. Defense you’ve just got to move the puck up or if you’re in trouble ring it around the boards. He’s a big man that can cover a lot of ice. He’s an intelligent guy too so he should be able to pick it up.” ~ Ted Nolan on playing Scott on defence.

Nolan also said that Scott will be game-time decision for tonight’s game and if he does play it will likely be on the blue line. Scott certainly seem’s up to task;

“Me and Ehrhoff. No. 1 pairing.” ~ John Scott joked after practice

While it is an interesting move putting Scott on the blueline, it could be one of Nolan’s best moves this season. Scott is and always has been a defenceman. During his four years playing hockey at Michigan Tech, Scott was a physical defenceman. At 6 foot 8, he is a menacing figure and could once again become that physical and punishing defenceman he once was.

Remember the Buffalo Sabres main reason for signing Scott was for him to play against the Boston Bruins, it would certainly be a shame to have him sit out of the job he was brought here to do no? If he plays defence he won’t look like that awkward forward who’s just looking for someone to hit, he can sit back and wait for them to come to him and then hammer them against the glass. Plus what better play to keep an eye on Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand than from the defence position?

Keep an eye out for John Scott on the Sabres blueline tonight and who know’s maybe he’ll shine!

Tags: Buffalo Sabres John Scott Ted Nolan

  • Thomas Eric

    There’s history to support large forwards switching to d and having success

    • JHizzle75

      I thought he played defence in the NHL before… Blackhawks maybe ??
      It’s step one…step two is Myers as a forward….can’t wait

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I believe so and I’d definitely be intrigued by Myers at forward

      • Dano

        He played ‘D’ on the wild as well. Buffalo was his first real venture as a forward.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I think this is a great idea and worth a try. He’s on the roster might as well use him

    • Dano

      Big Dustin Buff on WIN used to be a forward and now plays D.

  • lee Munn

    I think it would be a good reason for the sense that Boston this year has moved Chara up on their power plays (because no one can move him). He got the only 2 goals last game for Boston & having Scott push him out of Miller’s view may be the right move needed.. Myers may be as tall but does not have the same weight & strength of those 2.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      That’s a good point- he could be one of the only players able to move Chara

  • Ben Chalker

    I don’t hate this.
    If Scott can be useful filling bottom pairing minutes on the blue-line then go for it.
    Who is he paired with do we know?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Not sure who he’s paired with but I do like the move… if he’s on the roster and we’re paying him might as well use him

      • Ben Chalker

        Did he end up playing?

        • JHizzle75

          Nope

  • [email protected]

    I always know I am clicking on a Caitlin article when I see headlines spelled in Canadian-English!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      haha you know it! Gotta keep the Canadian way of speaking alive!

      • [email protected]

        I don’t know why it throws my brain off so much lol.

        But back on topic, I think this is a smart move. At this point we don’t have much to lose, so I think trying different things out and seeing how it goes is a smart play by Nolan.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          haha sorry about that!
          It’s the Sabres, who honestly know’s what they do?
          But I very much like the idea of him playing D

  • Joe

    It sure would be nice to not see buffalo manhandked in front of our own net all the time

    • Caitlin Campbell

      that would be a huge benefit to having Scott in front of the net