Earlier today the NHL released the rosters for the 2016 All-Star Game, to be held in Nashville. Every team is represented, but the Arizona Coyotes will be represented by John Scott.
Scott was named captain of the Pacific Division's team via fan vote under the league's revised 3-on-3 tournament format. He will be joined on the Pacific's team by Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano of Calgary, Corey Perry and John Gibson of Anaheim, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns of San Jose, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles, Taylor Hall of Edmonton, and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver.
The fan vote generated a significant amount of controversy, given Scott has only one assist and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games this year. Scott's selection has been criticized in many circles as a cruel joke. His selection also likely precluded adding one of Mikkel Boedker, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, or Max Domi to the game from Arizona.
But let's not pretend that Scott winning the fan vote is some sort of dramatic affront to the NHL or the All-Star Game. The game has been boring for years. It's not uncommon for players to pull themselves out of the game with mysterious "injuries" days before the Break. There's very little stick-checking, back-checking, or any kind of checking at all, as evidenced here:
Overall, the game is a poor representation of the way the actual game is played, and most of the players don't have much incentive to try. But John Scott, who has stuck in the NHL despite playing for six different teams over seven years, might get another NHL contract out of this. And he will certainly have a ton of fun.
And fun is what All-Star Weekend is supposed to be. So congratulations to the John Scott, the Arizona Coyotes' representative at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game!