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Flyers GM: Laughton is prospect with best chance to make team

Sep 5, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told’s Tim Panaccio that Scott Laughton has the best chance of making the big club of any of the franchise’s prospects.

Laughton, 19, played five games for the Flyers in 2013. He failed to score a point in that brief stint, but as the 20th pick from the 2012 NHL Draft, he’s a prominent figure in the team’s pipeline.

Holmgren’s assessment shouldn’t come as a surprise, even ignoring Laughton’s cup of coffee at the NHL level. Hockey’s Future ranks him as one of the team’s top prospects and their best center, for one.

He’s generally regarded as a more defensive forward, so he could very well make sense as a bottom-six forward for the Flyers next season, if the team believes he’s truly ready for full-time duty.

  1. jimw81 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    if you look at the flyers history, its amazing how they can develop centerman and wingers but not a goalie.

    • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      When was the last time they used a high draft pick on a goalie, though…but you’re right. Every team/GM has a ‘model’…Paul’s might just be to not draft goalies and to seek them in the free agent market.

      • cofran2004 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        last season. Cal Heeter. And im a rangers fan. come on, man.

      • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        I think you mean Stolarz…come one, man. Heeter is 24 years old. My point is that they picked someone in the second, while more high profile goalies were available when they picked leighton. It’s the priority given…that’s my point.

      • cofran2004 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        come on*

        and they signed heeter right out of college. he’s not been bad down in ADK. their offense is what sucked.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        I wanted the Flyers to draft Malcolm Subban instead so I feel ya on this one.

  2. wisdomnfl - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Flyers miss playoffs again

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I just wonder where he will play. If he makes the main squad, it seems like he would be on the 4th line. I don’t think he would even play center.

    • goodolejr - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Either 4th line center or 3rd line winger. They have to play him on the wing or else he’s never really going to get much of a chance. He’s too skilled to play as a 4th line C but with the depth we already have there, he’s not going to get a chance to play C outside the 4th line for a few years. That is, unless they get crazy and try bumping Lecavalier to the top line C spot and move G back to his natural position on the wing. I’d actually be interested to see that, at least for a little bit, but it likely won’t happen.

  4. ibieiniid - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    it’s pretty clear why you don’t have a real job.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      eh, this was on some spam…. the spam got deleted.

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