After gaining the ability to breathe after the Philadelphia Flyers almost threw away a 4 goal lead in their 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals last night I went to YouTube to consume some Flyers highlight clips. During my journey, I came across a highlight video for Flyers center prospect Scott Laughton. Two things really struck me after watching it, the first being that I am really excited to see Laughton sport a Flyers uniform, the second that the song accompanying the video wasn’t absolute dreck.
Scott Laughton was the Philadelphia Flyers 20th overall draft pick in the 2012 draft. Prior to the beginning of this season Laughton was sent down to the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. According to HockeysFuture.com Laughton was initially thought as more of a defensive forward, a decent two-way player who needed some seasoning at the lower level to see if he could find an offensive game. And boy, has he sure found it.
Just a reminder, Scott Laughton is good at hockey. 24G and 26A in 29 games.
— Bear C. Schultz (@BCanneyBSB) December 21, 2013
As you can see, that tweet went out all the way back in December. Currently, with 52 games played, Laughton has racked up 84 points on 38 G and 46 A. That puts him 10th overall in the OHL in total points. What’s really remarkable is that in some cases when comparing him to the other players on that list of league leaders he’s played at least 10 less games. In addition, Laughton is also in the top 10 for powerplay goals and powerplay assists.
Now it seems safe to say that Scott Laughton has gained a lot of confidence in his offensive game to compliment his already strong defensive skills. On the Generals he mans the team’s 1st line on the penalty kill and is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with 5. He has also had a lot of nice things said about him by his teammates on Canada’s 2014 World Junior Championship team, including one from “The Next Big Thing Since Crosby”, Connor McDavid.
“It was really good for me because it can be hard not playing. He told me to just stay with it. He has been through his ups and downs, and as a young player, he did not always play..” via Terry Koshan @ Toronto Sun
This was in reference to a discussion Scott Laughton had with the young phenom after McDavid was benched by head coach Brent Sutter early in the tournament. That’s the kind of encouragement you expect from your captain and it was well received by Connor.
Even with the current log jam right now at the center position for the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s pretty apparent to anyone that they will find room for this kid on the roster when they feel he’s ready. The combination of offense, defense, and leadership skills makes him a fascinating player to watch going forward.
And now, here’s that highlights video I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Enjoy.
PS – I almost forgot about his stick handling and puck control. You’ll see some pretty unreal stuff including him ABSOLUTELY UNDRESSING a poor defenseman and goalie at the end of the video.
As always, please send all your hate mail to bear[dot]canney[at]gmail[dot]com and your angry tweets to @BcanneyBSB.
Stats provided by OHL.com.