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!