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FLYERS WILL RECALL LAUGHTON

by Anthony SanFilippo / Philadelphia Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers will be adding another option to their playoff stable.

Scott Laughton, considered the Flyers top forward prospect, will join the team in the next day or so after finishing his season in the OHL Wednesday.

Laughton, 19, will join the Flyers following a successful season with the Oshawa Generals. Laughton finished with 87 points in 54 regular season games for Oshawa, tallying 40 goals. He also had a fine playoff run with the Generals posting four goals and seven assists for 11 points in nine playoff games. His Oshawa team lost in the OHL Eastern Conference Finals to North Bay four games to none.

Laughton missed three playoff games earlier in the playoffs serving an automatic suspension after being assessed a match penalty for a hit with the butt end of his stick in the series against the Peterborough Petes. When a match penalty is called in a game in the OHL there is an automatic minimum suspension of three games. If the penalty was just a major penalty with a game misconduct, it still would have come under review, but a suspension was not automatic.

Laughton played five games for the Flyers at the start of the shortened 2012-2013 season before being returned to Oshawa. A candidate to make the team out of training camp last September, the Flyers opted to send Laughton back for one final junior season.

It isn’t certain whether Laughton is just being recalled to join the black aces or if he has a legitimate shot to see some playing time in the playoffs, however if Laughton plays more than nine playoff games, he would lose his first year eligibility on his entry level contract.

That gives the Flyers some leeway if they chose to put him in the mix at some point.

Laughton was selected by the Flyers in the first round (No. 20 overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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