One of the question marks on the Philadelphia Flyers roster for next season is rookie Scott Laughton.
Laughton, who was drafted by the team in the 2012 NHL Entry Level Draft in the first round (20th overall), is going to do big things for the team. But maybe not yet. First, the rookie center needs to prove himself to the team and earn himself a roster spot.
Laughton is a good player, which explains why the Flyers drafted him in the first place. They have a lot a faith in him and are interested in seeing what he can do in the years to come. The Flyers put him in five games last season when the NHL first came back from the player lockout. Although, he did not score any points, he was aggressive on the puck and the Flyers were impressed with what he brought to the ice.
He was sent back to the Oshawa Generals after five games with the Flyers, mostly so playing with the pro-team did not eat away at his entry level contract. The kid needed to develop in the minors for a little bit longer, but late in the season he was called up to the Flyers farm team, the Adirondack Phantoms.
So we have to think, is Laughton really ready for the pro league? We haven’t seen much from him yet, but with Claude Giroux‘s injury early in the season, he has the chance to get some good ice time. Of course, he’ll be fighting for a roster spot along side the other Flyers’ rookies like Tye McGinn, but just looking at his stats with the Generals, he’s a lock to be a future star of the team.