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Laughton returned to Juniors

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Laughton, 19 (5/30/1994), appeared in five preseason games for the Flyers during this year’s training camp. He appeared in five games for the Flyers at the start of the 2012-13 regular season before returning to Oshawa, and went on to post 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 49 games for the Generals. In 176 career games with Oshawa over three seasons, Laughton has scored 56 goals and added 76 assists for 132 points, along with 231 PIM. Laughton was selected by the Flyers in the first round (20th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.







Laughton, 19, made the team out of training camp for a second consecutive season, but unlike last season, when he played five games in the NHL before going back to juniors, he was a healthy scratch for the season opener and this time he’s not passing Go or collecting $200 before being shipped back to Oshawa.

Laughton is required to go back to the OHL because of his age and the agreement between the NHL and the CHL stating that players under the age of 20 must complete their junior season if not playing for an NHL club before they are allowed to play for another professional affiliate (namely the AHL or ECHL).

Laughton’s contract is also slide rule eligible, which means the first year of his entry-level deal does not count until next season unless he plays in 10 regular season games for the Flyers this season.

“Scott was sent back to Oshawa today,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “We felt this was the right thing to do for Scott and for the Flyers as it relates to his development.”

Laughton didn’t have as good a camp this time around as he did last January when he made the team on merit and was able to get into those five NHL games.

He admitted as such Wednesday and said that the uncertainty of his situation does weigh on his mind a little bit, although he was trying to push through that.

Now, he no longer has to worry, and can continue to develop his game and build the needed confidence in the OHL, where he is sure to be one of the better players in the league, if he’s healthy.

On the flip side, with Laughton now getting an extra bit of seasoning in junior hockey, the Flyers will replace him, at least for now, with a bit more sandpaper.

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“Scott was sent back to Oshawa today,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “We felt this was the right thing to do for Scott and for the Flyers as it relates to his development.”


I agree this is what is best for both parties especially with the Flyer's depth at center no need to play him at wing or have him fetch popcorn for Homer that is what Gill is for. :ph34r:

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Not a big loss there(too young) but why bring up Newbury? Call up McGinn or sign Gagne to a 1yr deal, Flyers need some spark up front, or somebody brave enough to park themselves in front of the opposing goalie.


C'mon now! Why would the Flyers draft players and bring them up through the ranks, and give them a shot with the big club when they can just as easily go poach a player from the smorgasboard of wonderful offseason castoffs, offer them a contract, and have them jump to the top of the depth chart?

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