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Why did fans vote John Scott an All-Star?

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Amid controversy Scott still All-Star captain (3:15)

ESPN NHL writer Scott Burnside breaks down the NHL's decision to allow John Scott to take part in the All-Star Game even though Scott was traded to Montreal and demoted. (3:15)

Despite a trade to the Montreal Canadiens and a demotion to the AHL, John Scott will still captain the Pacific Division at the NHL All-Star Game.

Scott will be in St. John's playing in the AHL for now -- with the exception of going to Nashville next weekend -- but he seems to have a great attitude about the whole situation.

"I'm making a lot of money playing hockey -- why would I stop playing just because someone sent me to St. John's?" Scott told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. "And besides, St. John's is a nice city. What are you going to do? Cry like a baby or work through it?''

"Everything is fine. Stop the 'Free John Scott' stuff. I'm free, I'm fine. I'm playing hockey and I'm still alive."

It's obvious that the enforcer wasn't having your typical All-Star season (or career) with the Arizona Coyotes.

  • Scott has played in at least 10 games with fewer than five points in all of his eight NHL seasons. There have been only two players in NHL history with more seasons of that kind: Wade Belak (11 seasons) and Stu Grimson (nine seasons).

  • Before his demotion/trade, Scott was averaging 6:18 of ice time this season. That's the fewest of any player who's appeared in at least 10 games this season.

  • Since the 2005-06 season, Scott is one of two players with 500 career penalty minutes and fewer than 15 career points. The other is Cam Janssen, who had 14 points and 774 penalty minutes.

So it raises the question: Why did fans vote for Scott to be an All-Star?

Information for ESPN Stats & Info was used in this report.