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Will it be AHL or NHL for Flyers’ Laughton next season?

Jul 12, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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After shining at the junior level, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton is a t a fork in the road: he’ll either reach the NHL or play in the AHL during the 2014-15 season.

There’s no doubt that the 20-year-old would prefer to go the NHL route, yet he seems to have a good attitude about the process, at least judging by what he told

“I got sent back to junior this year, and took it pretty well,” Laughton said. “I tried to play to the best of my ability, and just tried to get better every day. I’m still pretty young, I just turned 20, and I want to play in the league 15 years from now, not play when I’m 20 and be out of the league soon. I’m going to develop the best I can, and hopefully I can make a roster spot. If not, then that happens and I move forward.”

The 20th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft actually appeared in five games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, drawing some solid lessons from that time (even though he failed to score a point).

Laughton didn’t appear in an NHL game last year, so it’s reasonable enough when he claims that he’s made some huge strides since the last time he saw fleeting NHL action.

The piece points out that Flyers GM Ron Hextall resists the urge to rush prospects, however, so the organization might have a tough call to make for the 2014-15 campaign.

“That’s a tough call,” Head coach Craig Berube said. “The thing with a player like that is you don’t want to hurt his offense, and he’s an offensive player. He’s a good two-way player, but there’s been guys -– Joe Thornton started on the fourth line in Boston — that developed into a highly skilled offensive player. I think it just depends on the situation. I keep saying it, but it’s what’s best for the team at the time. If it’s best that he makes the team, and he’s deserving of making the team, we’ll make that decision.”

  1. flyboystransport - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Ahl…..flyers have too many centers

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Well he’s obviously no Joe Thornton but I think he will take the 4th line center job. After all they let Adam Hall walk and they need to replace his checking, faceoffs, and penalty killing. And Laughton will bring much more offense to the 4th line. One more talented center. I still wish we had taken Maatta but I’m excited to see what prospects like Laughton bring to the lineup. Just another part of the young forward core that will hopefully be followed soon by Gostisbehere, Morin, Hagg, and Sanheim on the blueline.

    As this team sheds some ugly contracts over the next few seasons they’ll have a young and dangerous squad.

  3. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    It will be AHL BECAUSE LA Kings had so much success with dropping young players in the AHL and let them play there for many seasons instead of rushing them on the NHL roster.

  4. hy3rid28 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Better to get first line minutes in the ahl then 4th line minutes on a checking line in the NHL… will have a decision to make next year too unless they move schenn to the wing. because obviously neither guroux or couts can move over

  5. 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    The kid understands the process a little too well. That sure sounded like a prepared statement likely by his agent.

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