NHL have successfully nominated little-used Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott as one of the four captains (one per division) for the All-Star Game at the end of this month:
Scott has appeared in all of eleven games for the Coyotes this season, scoring no goals and tallying one assist in barely over six minutes of playing time per game. This is Scott’s first season with the Coyotes, which are his sixth NHL team in his seventh NHL season. He has five goals and six assists over 285 career games.
Scott’s nomination continues an unofficial NHL tradition of boosting an unsung role player into a prominent All-Star Game role. For instance, last season, Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons was voted into the All-Star Game in the midst of a 15-goal season. Other historical examples include Rory Fitzpatrick, who was nominated to the 2007 All-Star Game in the midst of a one-goal season with the Vancouver Canucks.
The voted captains of the other three divisions for this year’s All-Star Game are a bit more conventional. Those captains are Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, and the ageless Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers, who is in the midst of his 22nd NHL season.