The John Scott madness should rightfully and finally end fan voting for the all-star game
I’m sure being the most loved goon in the league is kind of cool in a sense, but I do feel bad for John Scott.
He is that guy. The worst player in the league that the fans have decided to vote for to make the all star game because the NHL still allows for any player to be eligible.
Pretty crazy that we’ve gotten to this point. Fan voting hasn’t been a smashing success in the past, and last year’s winners – five Chicago Blackhawks and Zegmus Girgensons – proved that. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Girgensons move, in part because he’s a good young player, but it proves how rigged the vote can be.
John Scott is the culmination of all of this. A man who has 11 career points in 280 games (over eight seasons) is about to skate in a three on three tournament with the NHL elites.
All things considered, it’s probably good that this happens. Maybe this will be the end of fan voting for good. I’m not a big supporter of the actual all star game myself (the skills competition is great), but maybe the three on three tournament will change that. If the NHL, the coaches and general managers, or the players even voted on who they wanted in the game, it would have the potential to be awesome. Pavel Datsyuk, Erik Karlsson, and Steven Stamkos against Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and John Carlson sounds sweet to me, but fan voting will continue to get in the way of that and a majority of other ideas.
It’s time for the NHL to let it go. A great idea in principle can be ruined by internet trolls so easily. An event the league puts so much effort into should be treated as the best, even if not all the fans like it.