Scott just happy to be contributing
By Ben Meyer-Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org March 21, 2011 1:21AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Scott has played less than 10 minutes in each of his last four games, including 4 minutes, 21 seconds of ice time Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes. But that’s fine by him. At least he’s playing.
After not dressing or being injured for 23 of the first 30 games since Jan. 1, Scott has seen action in four of the five games since defenseman Brian Campbell suffered a leg injury March 8 against the Florida Panthers.
Being called upon to contribute during the Blackhawks’ playoff push has been a welcome reward for all the work he put in while not getting the chance to play — especially after going out of his comfort zone to play forward for a stretch earlier in the year.
“I’ve been waiting for [this chance] all year,” Scott said recently. “They moved me up to forward, but I’ve kind of always been waiting to get back to ‘D’. It’s been a roller coaster, that’s for sure, but it’s kind of come full circle.”
Scott is plus-1 since being asked to fill in and has been on the ice for just one goal against. Coach Joel Quenneville has been impressed with the 6-8 defenseman’s poise since returning to the lineup.
“He’s gotten more patience with the puck then we’ve seen early on,” Quenneville said.
“He defends well, and he’s got a big body. He’s been controlling the puck area pretty well.”
Scott knows his ice time could be scarce when Campbell returns, possibly this week. But for the time being, he’s focused on playing his part: making simple plays, being a physical presence and serving as protection for his teammates.
“I’m not asked to do too much,” Scott said.