Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton has made quite a few headlines this year. The 20th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft will compete for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships that take place at the end of this month. Yesterday it was announced that Laughton will be the teams’ captain.
Scott Laughton, who many predicted would be a Flyer this season, was sent back to the Oshawa Generals after the Flyer opening night game and has taken the OHL by storm. He sits 9th in the OHL in scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points. Because of his time at the Flyers training camp, he has only played 29 games. Of the top 20 scorers in OHL, only Laughton and Bo Horvat (#20) have played less than 30 games.
Laughton is only 19 years old, but he seems to have already garnered a reputation as a leader. In the Generals games/highlights that I have seen, he is always wearing either a ‘C’ or an ‘A.’ Every interview that I have watched has shown me that he has a good head on his shoulders and thinks through the game.
Alongside Laughton on Team Canada is another Flyers prospect, Taylor Leier. Leier was one of the Flyers 4th round picks in 2012. Leier is also having a great season. He is the captain of the Portland Winterhawks and has 22 goals and 21 assists through 31 games. There have been rumblings that Leier will play wing on Laughton’s line during the tournament.
The Alternate Captains for Team Canada will be Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin and Minnesota Wild prospect Mathew Dumba. Drouin is a forward who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Dumba is a defenseman who was picked 7th overall by the Wild in 2012.
Congratulations to Scott Laughton as he leads Team Canada in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships!