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Flyers’ Laughton named Canadian captain for World Juniors

Dec 19, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Scott Laughton has been named Team Canada’s captain for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden.

Laughton, Philadelphia’s first-round pick (20th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was given the honor on Thursday by Canadian head coach Brent Sutter, who also announced that Minnesota’s Mathew Dumba and Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin would serve as alternates.

Laughton, 19, is in the midst of a stellar campaign with OHL Oshawa, racking up 24 goals and 50 points through 29 games. This comes after he was on the bubble to make the Flyers out of training camp, on the heels of a ’13 campaign in which he played five games for Philly before the club dispatched him back to Oshawa.

Laughton has never represented Canada at the World Juniors before, but has played at both the Under-17 and Under-18 levels.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I’m glad management gave him another year to develop. And now he’s on track to be a surefire NHLer next season (unless they think he somehow needs AHL seasoning). Anyway this quite an honor considering the talented players they could’ve chosen. I wanted Maata but few teams project forward talent in the late first as well as the Flyers. And Laughton has shown more than I expected from him.

  2. blackandorangeforlife - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    To the Caps fan that said the Flyers and us fans wished we would have drafted Wilson……I laughed at you then….Laughing even harder now!….Go Laughton Go!

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Wilson was drafted at 16, Flyers picked at 20….how could the Flyers have drafted Wilson?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        You would have to ask him that….I assumed he meant it as a “Your Jealous” type of statement thus my laughter!

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Caps fans are so cute sometimes…….

  3. mcphillthy - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Laughton has definitely turned into a much better player than I was expecting. The flyers have some really nice talent developing in the minors for the first time in years.

  4. kastout11 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I can appreciate the patience in allowing a player to further develop, but tell me again why he was not up in Philly when they could not put the puck in the net. I guess throwing him on the 4th line would not do too much for his development, so I guess I agree with 77 in allowing him to develop and compete for a roster spot next year. By the way, I haven’t seen how Morin is making out so far this year.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      apparently hes been inconsistent, real good some games bad others, hes had some injury troubles too which has affected him, his offensive numbers are way up tho, the kid is a work in progress, at least 2 more years away from having a shot at the team

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        The inconsistency isn’t surprising considering he’s barely an 18-yr old, but it’s clear he’s got a high ceiling. I’m excited to see what he looks like at 20-22. As long as he keeps developing his offensive game to go along with his mean streak in the defensive zone I’ll be happy. With Morin, Hagg, Gostisbehere, and Alt the Flyers finally have some hope of developing a stud on the backend.

        Personally I’m most excited about Ghost who is one of (if not the) best players in college hockey right now. Apparently he’s around a PPG and could be that true puck-mover we’ve sorely lacked. PPL always talk about the Flyers being old on the blueline (eventho Timonen and Streit are the only regulars over 30), but these guys should infuse some life in the Dcorps.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        yeah iv been reading ghost is averaging 5 shots on goal a game, that is unheard of by a dman, the 2012 draft class is looking good right now, laughton 1st rd, stolarz 2nd, ghost 3rd

        flyers finally developing some good prospects in their system

  5. flyerspsu - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    One thing you cant trash Holmgren or the Flyers management for is their drafting, time and again they get great value out of their late 1st round picks: Justin Williams, Gagne, Richards, Giroux, Downie and Sbisa are 6 of their last 8 1st round picks that were selected 19 or later

    And now there is Laughton, he is no sure thing but he was drafted as a reach as just a defensive gritty guy but hadnt scored much in juniors and wasnt expected to have too high of a ceiling, hes shown otherwise and has potential to be a stud in the NHL

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