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Rangers obtain Scott from Blackhawks

Big defenseman/forward gives big boost to overall team toughness

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 4:18 PM / News
New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman John Scott from Chicago in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Scott, 29, has skated in 140 career regular season contests in four seasons with Minnesota and Chicago, registering one goal and four assists, along with 231 penalty minutes. He has also recorded 22 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating in four career playoff contests with Chicago.

Scott made his NHL debut with Minnesota on January 3, 2009 vs. Detroit, and tallied his first career point with an assist on March 15, 2009 at St. Louis.  He notched his first NHL goal on November 15, 2009 at Carolina, as a member of the Wild.

At 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds John Scott has been among the NHL's most feared enforcers since he came into the league with Minnesota in 2008-09.
The 6-8, 270-pounder has also skated in 173 career regular season games in three seasons with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 402 penalty minutes.

He established an AHL career-high in assists (five) and points (six) in 2006-07, and tallied a career-high in goals (three) in 2007-08.

Prior to turning pro, Scott skated in 126 games over four seasons with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), registering seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, along with 352 penalty minutes.

As a Michigan Tech senior in 2005-06, he established a career-high with three goals, and tied his career-high with five points in 24 games.

The Edmonton, Alberta native originally signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent on December 31, 2006.