I don't know why everyone is hating on Laughton. He's been fantastic in his role and would actually be promoted to either the 2nd or 3rd spot, but those are gifted to Filpputurd and Patrick. Laughton has done what's been asked of him and it's Haktard's fault for not rewarding Laughton for his play. If he turns out to be a 25 to 30 point line 4 player, that's good enough for me. And remember that he wasn't a top 10 pick either. Laughton was drafted 20th. I think you move Laughton into a 3rd line role and he's good for 40 points a season.
The big thing is that the Flyers now have an abundance of depth and there's no need to rush guys into the lineup. As great as it is that we've got some potentially elite prospects, the nice thing is that they don't need to be rushed. Yes, that means having to suffer with crap like Filpputurd, Weise and Lehtera, but the good news is that it's only short periods. Filpputurd is gone after this year, Lehturda next year and Weisecrap the year after that. That's around $12 million in toilet bowl fodder that's coming off the books.
I feel like the deal worked perfectly for everyone.
We got a serviceable if not amazing NHL caliber center for two years to keep the position warm while prospects developed, not to mention two picks.
Tampa got their cap problem taken care of and made roster room for their prospects that WERE ready.
Pittsburgh got an extra warm body that could move the puck if needed for their cup run (which they won).
And Streit got his Stanley Cup ring.
That trade was the feel good everyone wins story of the year as far as I was concerned.
I have no problems with Filppula on this team. He's not offensively special at this point, but he's also not defensively irresponsible either. If he weren't here, Giroux would probably still be playing center and think about where that leaves this team right now.
I get that you are frustrated....but this whole every prospect sucks, Hextall sucks, blah, blah, it gets old. Excuse us for holding out hope that is team can turn it around with a very nice prospect pool. The whole thing is a process. A process that takes patience. We did the whole shiny new thing on this team for years. Vinny L....and a LONG list of guys who got us no where.
I'm not happy about how things are, in fact...I'm too disgusted to watch right now, it makes me sick to my stomach...BUT, I'm willing to give this Hexy rebuild a chance. Thing is, our dmen are gonna take a few more years to develop. Our pool of forward prospects is deep and talented. In 3 years Hexy has taken our prospects from worst to first. That tells me he knows what he is doing. Carter Hart is gonna help, and maybe the Swede goalie also. If this team REALLY sucked and got into the top 5 this year, we will get a star....patience.
EDIT....I have seen Morgan Frost play, live....multiple times...and he is exciting. We should all be excited. Have you seen him play, or are you basing all the negativity on ....nothing?
I agree...it's a younger team and guys like Provorov and Konecny are nowhere near finished products. Laughton isn't a top 10 pick, he went 20th.
Ghost was Homers pick....amazing what you can do when you hold on to a 3rd rounder. They don't always hit, but when they do it's a lot better than 19 games of Jaroslav Modry.
The D will likely take a few years longer to solidify, it's the nature of the beast with young defencemen. We also still have to wait for Hart/Sandstrom/Lyon to prove worthy as an NHL tandem....again, a few years. Lindblom might come up this year, but he'll likely have to adjust to the NHL game. Then there's whoever makes it out of the Frost/Rubtsov/Ratcliffe/Allison/Bunnamen/Vorobyov/Aube-Kubel/Twarynski/Marody/Sushko etc crapload of forwards Hextall is hoarding...with more to come this draft.
It's another year where I don't even care if they make the playoffs. I think Hextalls doing the right thing stockpiling all this young talent. Once they're actually a real contender, he can trade some of that/picks for a need.