35-Year-Old Left Wing – Free Agent
John Scott Contract Information:
Signed a one-year (one-way), $575,000 contract with the Coyotes in July 2015.
Scott announced his retirement Wednesday, The Players' Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Although Scott more than doubled his career goal output by scoring three times last year, he was a curious signing for Arizona. His main contribution has always been his willingness to fight, and that skill is becoming increasingly marginalized as the league moves away from employing enforcers. That reality is evidenced in Scott's meager total of 38 games in 2014-15, though he did manage to register 87 PIM in those appearances. With Arizona committed to rebuilding, perhaps they want Scott around to ensure no one takes liberties with young guns Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, but it's hard to see rugged, but slow winger playing much or adding significant value, even as a pugilist.
Scottís most valuable asset is his ability to drop the gloves. The 6-foot-8 enforcer has scored just two goals in 240 career NHL games, but his 452 career penalty minutes still make him a feared man on the ice. The Sharks continue to revamp their roster, though the addition of Scott is a little perplexing for a team thatís vowed to get faster and quicker. A depth player who wonít play every night, Scott is ideal for the much more physical Western Conference, but his inability to contribute in other areas of the game severely limits his vale and may even further expose his weaknesses.
Scott re-signed with the Sabres in the offseason and is set to reprise his role as an enforcer at the bottom of the lineup. Most of his 34 games last season were spent at forward, despite joining the organization primarily as a defenseman. He failed to score a point last year, which is indicative of the type of offense he'll bring to the table. However, he's worth an occasional spot start in goon leagues, as evidenced by his 305 PIM in 180 career games.
Known for dropping the gloves, Scott signed a one-year deal as a free agent on July 1, and joins a Sabres blue line that was desperate for depth following an injury-riddled season. He isn't likely to play a regular shift with the Sabres, and may end up on waivers at some point if the club attempts to send him to AHL Rochester. He doesn't bring anything to the table offensively, but is worth a spot start in extremely deep goon leagues.
The Blackhawks lured in Scott with a one-year deal in the offseason. He'll be counted on to agitate the opposition and maybe do a bit of enforcing, but the buck stops there.
Scott didn't have much of a place in the Wild's previous regime, but figures to play a more prominent role this season. He had 21 PIMs in 20 games last season, but also had just one point. He offers little offensively and his fantasy value is tied with how much time he spends in the sin bin.
At 6'8" and 225 lbs., Scott's has the size to be a big-time enforcer at the NHL level. He's already accomplished that in the AHL by racking up 184 PIM last season. If and when he makes it up to the big club, he will undoubtedly be used in the same capacity, and will be a serious source of penalty minutes.