John Scott is a physical presence.
It's why the Blackhawks brought him aboard following their Stanley Cup victory ahead of the 2010-11 season. His tenure with the Hawks was pretty uneventful, other than his tendency to get in a fight practically every time he was on the ice. He tallied just two points — both on assists — in his 69 games between two seasons before being traded to the Rangers midway through the 2011-12 campaign.
Well, in case you were wondering, Scott, now playing for the Sabres, is still imposing his massive size — 6-foot-8, 259 pounds — but perhaps now he's going too far.
This hit from Scott on Wednesday night resulted in 10 minutes of penalties for the big man and a trip to the hospital for the target, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.
The hit earned Scott an obvious charging penalty, and Eriksson went down to the ice before requiring help to get off. He didn't return to the game, headed to the hospital and stayed there overnight. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement that Eriksson was expected to return to Boston on Thursday.
Scott's charging penalty earned him five minutes in the box, and he then received another five after fighting with Boston's Adam McQuaid shortly thereafter.
There's little doubt as to why teams continue to sign up Scott, and it's likely not because of his five points (one goal, four assists) in 187 career NHL games.