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Scott Laughton “Willing” to Play LW If It Means Making the Flyers Roster

When Flyers rookies reported for camp this past Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, all eyes were on Oshawa Generals center Scott Laughton. Laughton is the most highly-touted forward prospect in the team’s organization, but at the ripe age of 19, he has been unable to break into the pros on a consistent basis. He appeared in five games with the Flyers last year but was sent back down to the OHL to avoid the first year of his entry-level contract kicking in.

Laughton has tons of potential (via Philly.com)

In just 49 games last season for the Generals, Laughton racked up 23 goals and 33 assists, including a +/- ratio of +22. He clearly has talent, but unfortunately for him, there is no real opening at center on the Flyers’ roster. With Vincent Lecavalier, Claude Giroux, and Sean Couturier occupying the first three lines, Laughton’s development would suffer if he were to make the roster and only play center. Last year, Paul Holmgren sent him back down to the OHL for that same reason, and little has changed since.

There is, however, an opening on the third line for a left winger. Laughton has never played left wing, but he told the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac, “I’ve never played left wing, but I’m willing to do anything to play on this team.”

Laughton can only play ten games before his entry-level contract kicks in and the first year of that NHL deal is used up. With his scoring/facilitating prowess and the willingness to play a new position, he might just earn a spot on the roster for longer than that.

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Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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