#32 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Sep 26, 1982
Contract: $600,000 for 2012-13, resigned for $750,000 to a one year contract.
Report Card Grade in 2012: N/A
Introduction: John Scott's arrival at the Buffalo Sabres did two things for the team - he brought a sense of comic relief to a side that needed its spirits lifted, and it also made Cody McCormick irrelevant. Unfortunately, he didn't add much value to the team in a tangible sense, but along with Steve Ott proved to be enough of a deterrent in the side and did make the Sabres tougher to play against.
Key Stat: Eight seconds. It took all of eight seconds for John Scott to demystify the hated Boston Bruins this season, thumping Shawn Thornton into a concussion in that brief period. The hoodoo from last season was lifted, and Buffalo went 3-2-0 against the Stanley Cup finalists.
Thumbs Up: Scott was hilarious in his three epic photobombs, and was singularly responsible for ensuring fans stayed tuned to the post-game show despite whichever miserable goose egg the team just laid on the ice. It started with his lost in translation segment behind Ott, and then there was the meerkat impression after Mark Pysyk scored his first NHL goal, and culminated in his hirsute dance performance in the Sabres bear coat behind Chad Ruhwedel.
Thumbs Down: For a player who featured in 34 games out of 48, it's quite embarrassing that he couldn't register a single point. The top six forwards on this team are not nearly good enough that the team can carry baggage like him on the fourth line.
Voting: Using the good old grade school system of A, B, C, D, F, with A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, grade John Scott on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him.