Scott Laughton – King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Despite reportedly being offered a massive package for him, the Flyers elected to keep Scott Laughton, and for good reason. Many Flyers fans believe the veteran should’ve been named team captain last year, and the same can be said for this season too.
Despite being a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Laughton wouldn’t become an NHL regular until 2017-18 – his age 23 season. The Ontario native was never a premier offensive player, and instead had to earn his keep doing the dirty jobs on the ice. In 2022-23, Laughton starred in an expanded role, which resulted in a career-high 18 goals and 43 points. His NHL journey speaks volumes to his character and leadership qualities.
Laughton has been the Flyers’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for three consecutive seasons, but has come up empty-handed each time. The award is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community, and the Flyers certainly could not have nominated a better guy than Laughton.
In a statement released by the Flyers earlier this year for Laughton’s latest nomination, the player said:
"“It’s a huge honor for myself to be very involved in the community where I was drafted, grown up, and now live.”"
Now, Laughton has a chance to make Flyers history. Since the award was conceived in 1988, no Flyers player has ever won it. While the King Clancy is not necessarily something that is or should be competed for, it would be awesome to see Laughton recognized for his leadership and philanthropy.