The roster action that happened Thursday involving the Philadelphia Flyers has been a long time coming, but it also happened at the least expected of times. Yesterday, team officials announced that top forward prospect Scott Laughton had been added to the Flyers’ Stanley Cup playoff squad just one day after his Oshawa Generals were eliminated for the OHL playoffs.
Laughton will be available for Game 4 tonight against the New York Rangers, but he isn’t expected to be in the lineup. He is, however, a solid addition should an unexpected scratch occur or a guy go down, even if he does only have five games worth of NHL experience under his belt.
The skills and talent that a kid like Laughton brings to the table don’t come too often. In fact, he’s so good that he was one of the OHL’s MVP finalist this past season. In 54 games, he tallied 87 points including 40 goals.
For his age, Laughton’s poise and leadership skills are impeccable. At World Juniors this past year, Laughton captained Team Canada all the way to a bronze medal.
Laughton’s hopes of making the roster this year were cut short as the organization felt he needed one more year in juniors. If anything, though, his current recruitment to the Flyers could be a huge case of foreshadowing for next season.
If Laughton does see some playing time during this playoff run, it won’t be much at all. It will also most likely take place on the fourth, maybe third, line. That won’t diminish the possible impact he could make with those minimal minutes, though. Considering the decorated season he just had in the OHL, that’s pretty obvious.