Analyzing Scott Laughton’s Chances to Make Philadelphia Flyers’ 2014-15 Roster

July 14th, 2014 by Brad Kurtzberg Leave a reply »

Center Scott Laughton is the highest-ranking prospect in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. But will Laughton be in Philadelphia when the Flyers start the 2014-15 season, or will general manager Ron Hextall send his top prospect to the AHL for more seasoning?

There is little doubt about Laughton's offensive skills. The 20-year-old Oakville, Ontario, native scored 40 goals and 87 points in just 54 games with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL last season. He also showed leadership abilities when he was named captain of the Canadian team at the World Juniors last December.

While Laughton's offensive skills are clearly impressive, offensive skills alone rarely earn a young player a permanent spot on an NHL roster. Even the most talented goal scorer has to play at least adequately in his own zone and needs to develop the strength to win one-on-one battles for loose pucks.

Laughton feels he is making progress in this area. "My body's gotten bigger," Laughton told's Sarah Baicker at the team's recent prospect camp. "I think I'm way more powerful on my feet. I felt way better this year around the puck in the corners, ...

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