The Flyers, unlike most teams in the metro; had an extremely quiet trade deadline. With Carolina adding two Top-4 defensemen at the deadline, and then loosing to the stars 4-1. I am more than glad the Flyers only added depth forwards to give Frost and Farabee some time to play top minutes in the AHL.
Apparently while the Flyers weren’t very active on our twitter feeds in the way of trade (the only time I will be jealous of Senators fans), the phones may have been buzzing in GM Chuck Fletcher’s office. For almost two trade deadlines now it look like Ghost was heading up to Toronto for a first round exit., but he may not have been the only target in the other 30 GM’s eyes.
According to a report from Elliotte Friendman Chuck Fletcher was not only turning away calls from GM’s about Shaye Gostisbehere (or Shane Gostisbehere, which was an actual message I got from Kyle claiming that he got traded Nashville for Roman Josi), but locker room personality Scott Laughton.
“Another player I heard a lot of teams liked: Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton.
‘Chuck couldn’t hang up the phone fast enough,’ another exec joked.”
Scott Laughton is an interesting story when it goes to first round picks. Scott was drafted 20th overall in the 2012 draft, the same draft as Shayne Gostisbehere, but the draft after Sean Couturier. Scott was only the Flyers second first round pick in 4 seasons since drafting Luca Sbisa 19th overall in 2008. Needless to say, there was high hopes for Scott to become a Top-6 Center, and to get there quick. Fun fact, Laughton played OHL for the Oshawa Generals, the same team that Lindros played for.
In the 2014-15 season Laughton did play 31 games for the Flyers only putting up 6 points. Some of these games were even spent as the second line center. Laughton then went down the Phantoms and bounced back and fourth between the NHL and AHL honing in his game. While in Leigh Valley, Coach Scott Gordon took on Scott Laughton as his top project. At the time, it did not look like Scott Laughton would ever reach the status of Top-6 forward. Scott Gordon instilled in the young player that their is nothing wrong with being a bottom six forward, and making a career out of killing penalties.
For most teams, if a 20th overall pick turns into a bottom six forward would be instantly labeled a bust. But, 8 years after being drafted Scott Laughton can play anywhere on the lineup, and has basically become a Swiss Army Knife for the Flyers lineup as they enter the final push of the year.
This season Laughton has a solid 22 points in 48 games for the Flyers. Even playing on a line last night with fan favorites Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny, both of which are having amazing seasons.
With a player like Scott Laughton in your bottom nine that skates hard no matter the score, can put the puck in the net, and kill penalties? I’m surprised Chuck even answered the phones.