Scott Laughton
Scott Laughton
25-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia Flyers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 25-year-old came into his own during his third full NHL season, setting career highs in goals (12), points (32), shots on net (130) and PIM (53). He also chipped in 146 hits and 46 blocks while averaging 14:51 of ice time per game, all of which were also career bests. Laughton notched 19 goals and 39 points in 60 games at the AHL level in 2016-17, and he was definitely a scorer in the juniors, but he's better suited for a fourth-line role in the NHL. If owners are seeking an all-around contributor with virtually no chance of power-play time late in drafts, they could do worse than Laughton. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract worth $4.6 million with the Flyers in July of 2019.
Re-ups with Philly
CPhiladelphia Flyers
July 12, 2019
Laughton signed a two-year deal worth $4.6 million with the Flyers on Friday, Bill Meltzer of reports.
Laughton filed for arbitration after receiving a qualifying offer from the team in late June. The 25-year-old appeared in all 82 regular-season games for Philadelphia last season, logging career highs in goals (12), assists (20), points (32), shots on goal (130), hits (146) and average ice time per game (14:51).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While centering the Flyers' fourth line last season, Laughton came into his own to post 10 goals and 20 points in 81 games. He received more ice time than ever before, and not only did he respond with a career best in offensive production, the 24-year-old recorded career highs in hits (126), faceoff wins (314), shots on goal (108) and PIM (42). The minus-10 rating was disappointing, but all in all, Laughton is one of the first fourth-line centers fantasy owners should target. With the exception of plus/minus and power-play points, Laughton appears poised to contribute again across the board.
Laughton has pedigree as a 2012 first-round pick, but after breaking into the NHL on an essentially full-time basis in 2015-16, he ended up serving most of last season for AHL Lehigh Valley, where he put together 19 goals and 39 points over 60 games -- decent numbers, but not the sort that get hearts racing. At 23 years old, he still has time to develop into a steady NHLer, but he isn't likely to rocket into the top-six ranks straight out of camp (if at all). That said, the Flyers just signed him to a two-year extension, so he’s hardly a forgotten man in the organization.
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.
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Files for arbitration
CPhiladelphia Flyers
July 5, 2019
Laughton filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Earns qualifying offer
CPhiladelphia Flyers
June 25, 2019
The Flyers have extended a qualifying offer to Laughton.
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Records career highs
CPhiladelphia Flyers
April 18, 2019
Laughton posted career bests of 12 goals, 32 points, 53 PIM and 130 shots on net in 82 games this season.
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Finishes with 32 points
CPhiladelphia Flyers
April 6, 2019
Laughton recorded an assist and five shots on net in a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
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Reaches 30-point plateau
CPhiladelphia Flyers
March 27, 2019
Laughton picked up two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.
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