Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Scott McLaughlin
About Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin interned at WEEI.com in 2011, and two years later they realized they missed him and hired him full-time. Scott spent those two years wandering from rink to rink while writing for Inside Hockey and College Hockey News. His work has also appeared on NESN.com and FOXSports.com and in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Christian Science Monitor. Scott graduated from Boston University and sometimes stares longingly at his old dorm from the WEEI offices.

"Share
MOST RECENT COLUMNS
10/29/14 11:18 EST
Tuukka Rask has been bad this season. It's OK to acknowledge that. Yes, the defense in front of him has been decimated by the Johnny Boychuk trade and injuries to Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and now Torey Krug. Yes, there have been defensive breakdowns that have led to quality scoring chances for opponents. But Rask has made all of that worse by playing poorly himself. Defensive struggles alone don't explain his .899 save percentage, a 31-point drop from last season that places him 34th out of 43 goalies who have made at least three starts this year. Goalies on bad defensive teams can still have good save percentages. Semyon Varlamov had a .927 save percentage last season for a Colorado team that was pretty bad defensively. Jonathan Bernier went .923 behind a terrible Toronto defense, and Ryan Miller had the same .923 mark behind a similarly terrible Buffalo team before getting traded to St. Louis. And it's not like those teams were just giving up a lot of shots from the outside.
09/08/14 09:57 EST
SPONSORED LINKS
It might be tempting to think some good came from all of Monday's ugliness. Some have praised TMZ for unearthing the damning in-elevator video that answered any and all questions about what happened between Ray Rice and his then-fiancee on Feb. 15. Some said "better late than never" after the Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. In reality, nothing good happened Monday. The Ravens and the NFL didn't take action because the video was some alarming revelation, or because they realized the error of their ways. They acted because they had no other option. When they did have options, the Ravens and the NFL chose to side with Rice. Instead of doing everything in their power to figure out how Janay Palmer ended up unconscious in that elevator, instead of suspending Rice indefinitely and waiting to see if more evidence surfaced, the Ravens jumped to Rice's defense, as if he were somehow the victim here. They put Rice and Palmer together in an embarrassing press
08/06/14 08:12 EST
For those who have been following their growth, it's been evident for a while that hockey's advanced stats are here to stay. They've provided us with a new way to watch and analyze the game. They've quantified ideas that previously couldn't be quantified. And they've proven to be a better predictor of future success than anything else that's available. If anyone still needed to be convinced that they're here to stay, this summer should do the trick. In June, the Devils hired former stats blogger Sunny Mehta as their new director of analytics and the Bruins promoted Ryan Nadeau to director of hockey operations/analytics. In mid-July, Eric Tulsky -- who has consistently pushed hockey analytics forward through his blogging for Broad Street Hockey and SB Nation -- announced he had been hired part-time by a still-unnamed NHL team. A week later, the Maple Leafs hired Kyle Dubas as their new assistant general manager. The 28-year-old has been called the Theo Epstein of hockey, and he spent the
07/17/14 10:46 EST
Jack Eichel is trying not to think about it too much. The North Chelmsford native could be the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft. He could be the first American to go No. 1 since Patrick Kane in 2007. He could be the first Massachusetts native to go No. 1 since Rick DiPietro in 2000. "Obviously I want to be the No. 1 pick. It's a dream of mine. It's a goal of mine. But I really try not to think about the draft too much because it can get to your head," Eichel said after a recent workout at Boston University's Agganis Arena, his home for the 2014-15 season. The hype surrounding his mini-rivalry with Ontario's Connor McDavid -- his competition for next year's top pick -- is well on its way to Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin levels. Some are saying they'll be the best 1-2 since Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin back in 2004. "I don't really consider it a one-on-one rivalry," Eichel said. "People are always talking, but you really can't think about stuff like that.



Audio On Demand

It Is What It Is Cast: Pr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Previewing Patriots-Jets

OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

SI's Peter King with Dale and Holley

We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Mar…

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

WHDW - Greg Dickerson Joins the Show to talk Celtics

Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

Kyle Draper, Comcast Sports New England, Celtics will compete for a playoff spot this season

Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

Red Sox Manager John Farr…

Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, speaks with Craig and Larry during the "Christmas at Fenway" festivities. John spoke about the pitching rotation as it stands right now, and inability to sign John Lester. He also talked about some of the younger pitching prospects, as well as the Free Agents that have signed with the team in the last month, like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Red Sox President and CEO, Larry Lucchino, sits down with Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Craig and Larry press Larry Lucchino about the inability to sign Jon Lester, the projected starting rotation, and the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Boston Red Sox COO, Sam Kennedy, with Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, joined Craig and Larry to talk about Christmas at Fenway, and some of the Red Sox off-season acquisitions.

Pierre McGuire: TJ Oshie …

Pierre McGuire: TJ Oshie would be a great player on the Bruins 12-18-14

Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.

Pierre Mcguire: Chara's return will have huge impact for Bruins 12-11-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL

John Buccigross on the Br…

John Buccigross on the Bruins trade options 12-18-14

ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Stephen Collins defends himself 12-18-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

The Sony hackers 12-18-14

The guys discussed the latest with the Sony hackers.

Rumors are swirling about…

Rumors are swirling about a possible Rajon Rondo trade 12-18-14

With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal

Lou Merloni's Tom Brady for MVP political ad. 12-18-14

Tim Benz: Revis for MVP political ad. 12-18-14

Jack Edwards: I would not…

Jack Edwards: I would not be shocked if Bruins miss the playoffs this season

Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.

Bruins lose another in Nashville, par for the course in 2014

Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.

Making a case for Revis for MVP

We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.

Cold, Hard Football Talk

Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.

Mikey's 9th Anniversary Show

Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .

We Love Anthony Davis - Q…

We Love Anthony Davis - Quarter Season storylines

What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?

Pod Man Rush: Taylor/Tyler 2014 with Ryan Lambert

Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.

D&C's Breaking Balls: What would you tell a younger version of yourself? 12-15-14

Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Amal Clooney 12-16-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-…

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-17-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the latest absurd complaints by viewers to the FCC regarding Brady's F bombs.

More from this show

Tom Brady on another divi…

Tom Brady on another division title 12-15-14

Tom Brady joined the show to discuss another division title.

More from this show

Peter King: Patriots top …

Peter King: Patriots top my 'Fine Fifteen' power rankings

We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.

More from this show

Mike Florio, NBC Sports, …

Mike Florio, NBC Sports, "The rules should be changed," 12-16-14

MIke Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com, joins the show to talk about some of the "roughing the passer" and "defenseless receiver" penalties that caused a lot of conversation in NFL circles. While many are calling for those penalties to be review able, Florio notes that the calls likely would NOT have been overturned due to the ways the rules are written.

More from this show

Weei Writers