23-Year-Old Center – Philadelphia Flyers
Scott Laughton Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Flyers in July 2017
Laughton scored a pair of goals and registered a plus-2 rating during Monday's 5-2 win over Calgary.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A first-round pick by the Flyers in 2012, Laughton has a golden opportunity to break into a top-six role in Philadelphia as he enters his second season. Last year’s campaign of 21 points in 71 games doesn’t seem to offer a lot of upside, but inconsistent own-zone play meant he saw little opportunity, averaging only 10:26 of ice time. A center by trade, Laughton was moved to the wing last year and saw a little uptick in scoring, but there’s room for considerable improvement this season. After top-liner Brayden Schenn, the Flyers are paper-thin at left wing, meaning Laughton should come into training camp with a legitimate shot at snagging a second-line role. Of course, a bad preseason showing could easily end with him being lumped in the minors, so Laughton’s worth watching early for signs that he’s grown his game.
Laughton is the Flyers' top offensive prospect heading into training camp. He's coming off a solid year in the OHL where he registered 40 goals and 47 assists in 57 games, and he has a real shot at making the Philadelphia roster this season. Just don't expect a ton of offense from him right away -- he'll probably be a pain-in-the-butt, fourth-line smasher who'll immediately win over the Philly faithful. His easiest path to making the team is likely on the wing -- the Flyers are stacked down the middle and are in greater need of depth on the outside.
Laughton put up decent numbers in the OHL last season--56 points in just 49 games. He's a former first-round draft pick who could sneak into the NHL this season. He's still young (19), however, and he's likely to start the season in the AHL, where he'll have to prove himself worthy of an NHL call-up.
Laughton spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with Oshawa in the OHL, posting 23 and 53 points, respectively. The Flyers drafted the 6-foot, two-way center significantly higher than projected, showing a lot of faith in Laughton’s skill. He’s unlikely to see time with the Flyers this season, but once he has some professional experience under his belt he could prove worthy of his first round pick.