Philadelphia Flyers Scott Laughton will be on the roster for the 2013-2014 NHL season and here is why.
The Flyers are known for not having the best prospect pool in recent history as they rely mostly on their high end players who are already in the system. Their mostly known for having astonishing success making trades for high-end players who are just hitting their developmental stride.
It didn’t show this past season for the Flyers but they do have a young core of players who are just starting to hit their strides into becoming known as young stars in the NHL. And let’s just hope GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t trade any of them away.
Bad luck, bad bounces, bad goaltending, bad offense and bad defense is what caused the Flyers to miss the playoffs this season. Basically the entire team pucking stunk, badly.
There are some front office decisions to be made about how to handle the desperate need for a puck-moving defensemen, but there is hope that Erik Gustafsson can eventually help alleviate that strain. Which I believe he will.
But what about up the middle of the ice?
Claude Giroux mainly centers the first line, Brayden Schenn mainly centers the second line and Sean Couturier centers the third line. As of right now Ruslan Fedotenko is going to become a free agent this summer and if so that leaves a hole in the 4th line center.
That’s where prospect Scott Laughton comes into play.
It should be very clear at this point that unless unforeseen circumstances arise, Laughton will be an NHL player next season. And when I mean unforeseen circumstances I am talking about a possible trade that includes Laughton in a package for a top defenseman which Philly desperately needs.
Scott Laughton is fast, rugged, and defensively responsible which would make him the perfect fit on the 4th line as they won’t get much ice time but just enough for him to build confidence. And the way head coach Peter Laviolette juggles lines we could even see Laughton up on the 2nd or 3rd line at times.
He is a hard-worker with a consistent approach to the game and plenty of smarts. Laughton is not a highly skilled player and it remains to be seen how he’ll develop in this area, but he should be an effective fourth-line player with some potential for second and third-line duty.
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re a Flyers fan expect Laughton in the lineup for the 2013-2013 NHL season as he is a great two way player with a lot of potential.
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