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Scott Laughton has made the Flyers roster over the last two seasons, but this time around he wants to make a permanent stay in Philadelphia.
Laughton is a skilled player. There is no doubt about that but it would probably be in his and the Flyers best interest if he played a full season in Adirondack. Laughton may have the skill to play in the National Hockey League, but his development would be hindered if he played in the NHL.
The Flyers are jammed up the middle and there is no room for Laughton to play. Down in the AHL, Laughton would receive top six minutes. He would also learn a great deal from head coach Terry Murray, who coached Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar during their early careers.
Shawn Reznik of The Hockey Writers gives his take on the best and most disappointing players after Day Three of the Flyers Development Camp.
It may be early in camp and he may be a few years away from the NHL, but I am going to be one of the first people to get behind Taylor Leier. I started paying more attention to him after the Portland Winterhawks made a deep run into the WHL playoffs. Leier may not gain top-six minutes if/when he makes the NHL, but I have yet to read a negative review of him during prospect camp. Reznik called Leier “the most underrated forward in camp.” I hope Leier earns top-six minutes in the AHL and really shows his stuff.
Robert Hagg spent a short amount of time in Sweden before coming to North America to sharpen his game, but he welcomes the challenge a smaller patch of ice brings.
Hagg may not garner the same amount of hype as Samuel Morin or Shayne Gostisbehere, but he is probably the most NHL-ready prospect not named Scott Laughton. Hagg’s is strongest in the defensive zone with some offensive potential. He is only 19 years old but he could be up with the Flyers in the next year or two if his development continues to grow.