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Flyers’ 2012 first-rounder Laughton hopes to stay in Philly all year

Sep 7, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

Scott Laughton, Getty Images

Flyers prospect Scott Laughton is hoping to leave a bigger, better impression on the team this year.

Laughton, the team’s 2012 first-round pick, had a five-game audition with the team last season. While he didn’t earn a point before being sent back to junior hockey, he tells Sarah Baicker of he believes he’ll show why he shouldn’t go back this year.

“[I’m] definitely more confident, more comfortable,” he said. “I think I’m better in the offensive zone, definitely, and I think I’ve stuck with the defensive game — I’m not cheating the puck or anything like that. I think staying on the offensive side, I’ve been better for sure.”

What should help Laughton’s confidence even more is the fact GM Paul Holmgren believes he’s got the best shot to make the team out of camp.

Last season, Laughton had 56 points and 79 penalty minutes in 49 games for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. That kind of output is well-rounded for junior hockey and makes him seem to be an ideal kind of guy for the Flyers.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM


    • nj666 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      What an educated and well though out statement… you must be one of those lifelong hockey fans from way back in 2006.

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  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I see no reason to rush him into the lineup. Unless he can pull a Sami Kapanen and play D ha.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @nj666 …more like one of those fans who remembers seeing Jon Sim and Andy Chiodo play for the pens during the early 2000s

    • biasedhomer - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Anyone can pull up the 2000 roster and name those players.

      You are a typical bandwagon Pens fan and currently one of the village idiots on this site.

    • narfmoo12 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      You may remember seeing them on TV, but you certainly didn’t PAY to see them. Nobody in Pittsburgh did, which is why they were almost the Kansas City Penguins. Everybody in Pittsburgh jumped on the bandwagon after the league awarded them 3 picks in the top 2 of the draft to help keep them in Pittsburgh.

  5. puckmepuckyou - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    All the way back to 2000. Impressive. You still have some snot on your nose kid.

  6. antmel30 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    @pittpensrule. Have you ever seen a philly franchise go bankrupt. Guess you don’t have to be old as dirt in Pitt to answer that one since it happens recently. But here goes the pens the king of the paper champs

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The 2000 roster? Funny how Chiodo and Sim didn’t play on the Pens in the year 2000 ya jackasses! I say 2000s not the year 2000…idiots

  8. mclovinhockey - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    You know that the 2000’s are technically still going on for another 87 years? Right now it’s 2013… That’s 2000+ 13, just saying. Also you could counter that argument by talking about the 00’s not being something people refer to so you use the 2000’s in its place…

    Anyway, if you minus a cup for every time the pens went bankrupt (2) and the time they almost went bankrupt (1) then the pens have 0… It’s an unstable franchise. Just an FYI….

    As for Laughton making the team… He has a 20% chance of making the team if he can play wing… Right now he is the flyers 7th centre.

  9. mclovinhockey - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Also you are not helping yourself by saying those players were not on the team in 2000, in fact it means you have been watching for even less. So that’s just hurting yourself.

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