Scandella with the Minnesota Wild in 2011
February 23, 1990|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
55th overall, 2008|
Scandella at the 2010 World Junior Championship
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
Marco Scandella (born February 23, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Val d'Or Foreurs prior to being selected by the Minnesota Wild in the second-round, 55th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Scandella began his junior career with the Val d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. He represented Canada internationally for the first time at the 2008 World Under-18 Championships, helping his country to a gold medal and recording one goal and one assist in seven games. He also represented Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships, helping the team to a silver medal and recording one goal and two assists in six games. Shortly after returning from the tournament, Scandella was suspended for 15 games by the QMJHL for elbowing Alexandre Durette of the Rimouski Océanic in the head.
Scandella made his NHL debut for the Minnesota Wild on November 12, 2010, against the Florida Panthers. He scored his first career NHL goal during the first game of the 2011–12 season against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Scandella began his breakout year in the 2013–14 season, skating in 76 games with the Wild and playing the majority of his minutes on the second defensive pairing with close friend Jared Spurgeon. He scored three goals and added 14 assists for 17 points over the course of the season.
There were high expectations for Scandella entering the 2014–15 season. He immediately made an impact, going on a scoring streak and surpassing his career totals of goals scored. He scored the overtime winners against the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars on November 14 and November 29, and on the latter date signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension with Minnesota. Scandella was later fined $2,755.38 for an illegal check to the head of the St. Louis Blues' T. J. Oshie on December 1, and nine days later, he was suspended a further two games for the same infraction against the New York Islanders' Brock Nelson.
After seven seasons with Minnesota, Scandella's time was over after he was dealt along with Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a third-round pick on June 30, 2017.
Scandella is the nephew of former NHLer Sergio Momesso. Marco's older brother, Giulio Scandella, plays professional hockey in Italy and is a member of the Italian national team with whom he appeared at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Marco Scandella is trilingual, speaking English, French and Italian.
Regular season and playoffs
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