Laughton, 19, played in five games for the Flyers last season without registering any points before the Flyers “slid” his entry-level contract so they would not burn a year. The 20th overall pick in 2012 went on to have a strong season with the Oshawa Generals.
Now he is back and looking to give the Flyers no reason to slide him back to Oshawa. General manager Paul Holmgren already knows about Laughton’s plans and admits that they are realistic. Holmgren told CSN Philly that Laughton is the prospect with the best chance to make the team out of camp.
The Flyers seem to be stacked at the center position but I would love if they were able to find a spot on the team for Laughton. He is a gritty, two-way center who showed flashes of promise in his cup-of-tea with the Flyers. Laughton is a defensive-minded center who could make his initial impact in the NHL in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill (sounds a lot like Sean Couturier, right?). Right now, he’s on the bubble to make the team but don’t be surprised to see him.
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