Fan voting for the 2016 NHL All Star Game in Nashville opened on Tuesday, and a surprising name has jumped out to an early lead in the voting.
Thanks to a push from Puck Daddy as well as Reddit, Arizona Coyotes forward John Scott is now in the lead. Yes, John Scott. You know, the guy who is nothing more than a fill in for the Coyotes, and somehow has a job in the NHL despite not being a very productive player. That John Scott.
Face it. There’s something awesome about the thought of a 6-foot-8, 260 lb. man skating up and down the ice in a three-on-three tournament. It could easily be both the best and worst thing ever seen in a game sanctioned by the NHL. In 280 career games, Scott has a grand total of five goals and six assists for 11 points.
But don’t worry, he does have 535 penalty minutes. He also recorded a career high three goals last season for the San Jose Sharks.
All Star fan voting has always been a highly debated topic simply because of joke candidates like this being voted for, and, ultimately, winning a spot. Then again, maybe the league’s best players want this to happen in order to get some extra time off in the middle of the season.
The other players receiving votes, however, are less obscure. Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Jaromir Jagr and Tyler Seguin currently sit in the top five. Fan voting ends on January 1.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.