The Montreal Canadiens traded for forward John Scott just ahead of the 2016 All Star Game – during which Scott scored two goals and won game MVP – but the 6 foot 8 forward hasn’t managed to work his way into the team’s lineup at the NHL level yet.
He’s spent the entirety of his career as a member of the Montreal Canadiens playing with the AHL’s St. John’s Ice Caps, recording two goals and four points in 27 games.
Now, though, he’s returning to the NHL.
The Canadiens confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Scott, who has collected five goals and 11 points over 285 career NHL games since first reaching the league as an undrafted skater with the Minnesota Wild in 2008, has been recalled. He’ll replace fellow forward Michael McCarron, who was reassigned to the AHL when the Canadiens recalled Scott.
An alumnus of Michigan Tech, Scott is more known for his heavy hits and swinging fists than for his scoring, but the Canadiens aren’t exactly finishing out their 2015-16 campaign with much winning to boast. The Atlantic Division club fell from first in the NHL during Carey Price’s last games prior to injury to the bottom of the league; they currently sit on a 36-37-6 record, which is good for 22nd in the standings with just three games left to play. They’ll next hit the ice on Tuesday, when they face the Florida Panthers.