John Scott scored his second NHL goal Friday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Best Sabres photos of 2013: Big John Scott up close

Over the next few days, ace photographer Dan Hickling will be sharing and talking about some of his favorite shots from 2013.

Take it away, Dan …

Love him or hate him, no one is neutral about Sabres tough guy John Scott. Consigned to thug duty under former coach Ron Rolston, the big man has blossomed (to a degree) under Ted Nolan. He will never be mistaken for a dangler, but Scott is out to show the critics that he really can play hockey at something above the beer league level. Nolan, at least, is giving him that chance, and he now has something in the goal column to show for it. Scott gave me full face one day at the bench during a team practice at the First Niagara Center.

Check back for more photos soon.

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