The Flyers trimmed their roster by 28 players today. The current roster now comprises of 17 forwards and 12 defensemen, one of those forwards is 19-year-old Scott Laughton.
Some of the more notable names who have been sent to the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers’ minor league affiliate, are Jason Akeson, Mark Alt and Petr Straka. First-round pick Samuel Morin has been sent back to juniors. The full list of roster cuts can be found here.
Earlier this month, I wrote an article about Laughton’s quest to become a full-time NHL player. Whether or not Laughton makes the roster will be up to him and thus far he has made a fine push to make the team. He has played on the first line and totaled several points in the four preseason games.
Although Laughton is a natural center, the open spot on the roster seems to be at is at left wing. The team is stacked down the middle, but in the game of hockey, there is no such thing as being overstocked at one position. Should Laughton make the roster, he provides another threat in the faceoff department. Laughton’s short-lived experience at the NHL gives him a slight advantage over fellow prospect and natural left winger Michael Raffl, who played in the top-tier Swedish league the past two season.
The Flyers have three games left in the preseason. That is three games for Raffl and Laughton to battle for the final spot. If Laughton wins, Raffl will be sent down to the Phantoms. Should Raffl win, Laughton will be sent back to his junior team, and the Flyers will have saved another year on his entry-level contract.