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Flyers recall Laughton, won’t play Game 4

Apr 24, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled one of their top prospects just prior to Friday’s game against the Rangers.

Scott Laughton, who’s OHL Oshawa club was knocked out of playoff contention on Wednesday, has been brought up but reportedly won’t play against New York in Game 4 of the opening-round series, per head coach Craig Berube.

Laughton, the 20th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has enjoyed a tremendous campaign. He scored 40 goals and 87 points in 54 games for the Generals this season, and was named Team Canada’s captain at the 2014 World Juniors.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Flyers work him into the mix. Though he’s only 19, Laughton is thought to be one of the more NHL-ready junior players and does have five games of big-league experience under his belt, having made the Flyers out of training camp to start the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign.

According to CapGeek, the Flyers could also slide his entry-level contract to next season if he appears in nine or fewer playoff games — so the opportunity to use Laughton as a jolt of energy appears to be there, should the Flyers go that route.

  1. zta7991 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I like laughton. But who gets taken out for him. Don’t say akeson. In fact if you say akeson, you deserve a kick in the balls.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Well it would be akeson or rinaldo

    • joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Take out Akeson. Ouch! I deserved that.

      In the article MH wrote that Laughton won’t be dressing. It’s good to have prospects around during the playoffs to give them a feel of the environment surrounding a team in the playoffs. We all know that the kids take time to adjust to an 82 game schedule in the NHL plus the grind of the playoffs. Case and point. TB.

      • zta7991 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Hahaha

    • twpguy1964 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Hall,Vinny or Brayden Schenn is my guess. Rinaldo better not be taken out, he’s the only guy who puts fear into opposing guy’s with the puck

      • flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        so you have akeson and rinaldo over Vinny and b schenn? thankfully you arent in charge of making the roster decisions

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        I hope you’re attempting to troll.

  2. matt14gg - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Kid is a hell of a player…IMO a higher end Brendan Gallagher. Energy, scoring touch and a little bit of a pain in the ass. He will make a great Flyer…and as a Bruins fan I know he’s going to be one of my least liked players in a couple years.

    • pfhockey - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Wow, imagine having G, Coots, and Laughton down the middle. That’ll be a tough night.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Yeah I’ll admit I was pissed when they passed over Maatta for him, but he’s certainly made impressive strides in juniors the last few seasons. It would be awesome if he was just plain Gallagher .. but I think he’s more likely to have less offensive production with a far better defensive game. The kid certainly looks like the perfect Flyer.

      The Philly pipeline may not be rated high but they might have some difference makers on the way: Laughton, Morin, Hagg, Gostisbehere, Stolarz etc. Plus most of their top NHL forwards are in their early to mid 20s.

  3. statsdolie - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Take out Rinaldo move hall to wing and have laughton center fourth line

  4. flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Very similar player to mike Richards w/ even more grit

  5. maalea - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Bring in the “Ghost”. Maybe he can skate around some of these shot blocking Rangers. The B’s did it last year with Krug.

    • flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      he isnt eligible to play

      • cliffatola - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        How so ? He was a drafted prospect not a FA signed after graduation. Hartzell last year comes to mind but the Flyers already owned his rights.

  6. statsdolie - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Ghost is practicing with flyers but can’t play with them this season. Missed the deadline for player designation for playoffs

    • cliffatola - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Thanks.

  7. petersteelewannabe - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I can’t remember if was here or on Yahoo but a Devils fan recommended the Flyer D, when just inside the blueline, pump fake a shot and then skate around to the open lane (that either being at Lundqvist or an open player presumably). He claims it worked for them last year-easier said than done but it has to worth trying rather than watch 50% of the shots not get near King Henrique.

  8. scobie1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    This will give extra time for Homer to screw this kid up…….

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