VOORHEES, N.J. – For Scott Laughton, there won’t be a nine-game looksee after all – at least not now.
The Flyers decided Thursday to loan Laughton back to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.
Laughton, 19, made the team out of training camp for a second consecutive season, but unlike last season, when he played five games in the NHL before going back to juniors, he was a healthy scratch for the season opener and this time he’s not passing Go or collecting $200 before being shipped back to Oshawa.
Laughton is required to go back to the OHL because of his age and the agreement between the NHL and the CHL stating that players under the age of 20 must complete their junior season if not playing for an NHL club before they are allowed to play for another professional affiliate (namely the AHL or ECHL).
Laughton’s contract is also slide rule eligible, which means the first year of his entry-level deal does not count until next season unless he plays in 10 regular season games for the Flyers this season.
“Scott was sent back to Oshawa today,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “We felt this was the right thing to do for Scott and for the Flyers as it relates to his development.”
Laughton didn’t have as good a camp this time around as he did last January when he made the team on merit and was able to get into those five NHL games.
He admitted as such Wednesday and said that the uncertainty of his situation does weigh on his mind a little bit, although he was trying to push through that.
Now, he no longer has to worry, and can continue to develop his game and build the needed confidence in the OHL, where he is sure to be one of the better players in the league, if he’s healthy.
On the flip side, with Laughton now getting an extra bit of seasoning in junior hockey, the Flyers will replace him, at least for now, with a bit more sandpaper.
In a conjoining move, the Flyers have recalled Kris Newbury from the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL to take Laughton’s spot on the roster.
Newbury, 31, has played 72 games in parts of six NHL seasons with Toronto, Detroit and the New York Rangers compiling four goals, five assists and nine points to go along with 132 penalty minutes.
However, in his past three seasons in the Rangers organization, Newbury proved to be an established scorer at the AHL level, posting 61, 64 and 62 points respectively in each of the three seasons.
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