Philadelphia Flyers' Prospect Scott Laughton Owning The OHL Currently

By Steven Smith
Scott Laughton
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The city of Philadelphia has seen plenty of talent born and bred on its grounds over the years. You know who they are; guys like Mike Schmidt, Allen Iverson and Donovan McNabb. The list seems endless to be honest. As far as the Philadelphia Flyers are concerned, their last superstar has definitely lived up to the hype. Claude Giroux has led the NHL in scoring since Dec. 8. However, his spotlight could be taken away sooner than fans think.

Scott Laughton is absolutely murdering the Ontario Hockey League right now. Though he is second on his team, the Oshawa Generals, in points, he does lead his team in points per game at 1.67. In 48 games this season he has managed to tally up a whopping 80 points; but wait, there’s more. Despite playing in only 48 games this season, Laughton is still ranked 8th in the OHL for goals with 37. If he hadn’t missed 12 games this season, he would have an average of 46 goals this season, good enough for second in all the league. His assists would also rise all the way to 53 which is good enough for fourth in the league. Had it not been for an injury, he would also have 100 points, being one of only two to have done so at this point in the season.

Laughton is good — scary good. While the Flyers are in no dire need of Laughton hopping on their roster, it seems like Philadelphia will be left with no choice but to give him a roster spot eventually. And it will probably happen sooner than fans think. I wouldn’t say that he’s going to be “better” than a guy like Giroux, but once he’s called up, you can bet that he’ll be the most exciting player fans have seen since Giroux.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for  Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.

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