Through a cry of vigorous boos, Paul Holmgren and the rest of the Flyers front office took to the podium to select Center Scott Laughton with the 20th overall pick.
After working the phones for some of the night, Philadelphia decided to stay put, and grabbed their man with the 20th overall pick.
Laughton spent his past two seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In 2012, the 18 year old scored 21 goals and 32 assists in 64 games. He also played for Canada’s U-18, posting 2 goals and 5 assists in 7 games.
What Laughton doesn’t have in speed and size (he’s only 6’0″, 185 lbs.) he makes up for in physicality. He is a player that is willing to take a hit to make a play, a quality that is very hard to find in players. The Flyers new Center also controls the puck very well, and limits his turnovers.
Another characteristic that many are fond of is his defensive skills. Laughton is a strong two way player, and gives opponents a real tough time in the offensive zone.
However, Laughton struggles in faceoffs, something he will need to improve on if he plans on continuing his career at Center. He will never be an elite goal scorer, but can be a solid 2nd or 3rd line Center in the NHL.
TSN had Laughton ranked as their 28th best player. Their comparison for him? Mike Richards. Pretty high praise for the newest member of the Flyers.