Justin Scott

Hometown:

Burlington Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-08-13

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Justin Scott played for the Burlington Eagles minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He was selected by the Barrie Colts in the fourth round (80th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft. 

2011-12: Scott played junior A hockey with the Burlington Cougars as a 16-year-old. He scored 14 goals with 21 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games. The Cougars finished fourth in the West Division, defeating Milton in an OJHL qualifying series before falling to the Newmarket Hurricanes in the preliminary round. Scott scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 7 penalty minutes in six playoff games. 

2012-13: Scott skated in 55 regular season games for the Barrie Colts in his first OHL season. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was -1 with 24 penalty minutes. The Colts finished first in the Central Division and won the Eastern Conference championship before falling to London in the OHL Finals. Scott was -3 with no points nor penalties in seven playoff games. 

2013-14: Scott played in 61 of 68 regular season games for Barrie in his second OHL season. He scored 7 goals with 13 assists and was +8 with 29 penalty minutes. The Colts finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Scott scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. 

2014-15: Scott had a breakout season for the Barrie Colts in his third OHL Season. Skating in all 68 regular season games for the Colts, he scored 30 goals with 23 assists and was +26 with 39 penalty minutes. Barrie finished first in the Central Division, sweeping Belleville before falling to Barrie in a second round playoff series. Scott scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2015-16: Scott skated for Chicago in the Traverse City prospect tournament but was not signed to an entry-level contract, returning to the Barrie Colts for an overage season. The fourth-leading scorer for the Colts during the regular season, he finished his OHL career with a flourish in the playoffs. Scott scored 28 goals with 37 assists and was +32 with 60 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. Barrie finished first in the Central Division, reaching the Eastern Conference finals against the Niagara IceDogs. Scott scored 17 goals with 3 assists in 15 playoff games and was +12 with 8 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Columbus as an undrafted free agent in April 2016.

Talent Analysis

Scott emerged as a prospect as an overage 20-year-old — when his goalscoring exploits in the 2015-16 OHL playoffs were too much to ignore. Not overly gifted in any one area in terms of technical skills, he is a strong, hard-working player who plays an honest game in all three zones. Just six of his 58 regular season goals in his final two seasons of junior hockey were scored on the power play. He is not likely to score at the same frequency in pro hockey. Rather his hockey awareness and willingness to compete suggest he can fill myriad roles.

Future

Scott played in the OHL as a 20-year-old in 2015-16, signing an entry-level contract with Columbus after a huge playoff run for the Barrie Colts. Big scoring numbers for overage players are not uncommon and do not ensure similar results at the pro level. What makes Scott an intriguing prospect is that he has steadily improved during his junior career and there appears to be more potential there. Barring any surprises in training camp he will begin the 2016-17 season in either the AHL or ECHL. More will be known about his upside following his first pro season.

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