Back in OHL, Laughton plans to improve strength, size

Back in OHL, Laughton plans to improve strength, size

January 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookie prospect Scott Laughton will make his way back to Oshawa on Monday after his five-game appearance with the Flyers.
 
Laughton spent Sunday night’s game in the press box watching the Flyers for the last time. For now, anyway.
 
“Yeah, I mean, getting back to Oshawa and playing top-six minutes for a team that will go far … so I think it will be good for my development and good for everyone,” he said.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren emphasized he felt Laughton needs more ice time and situational play and that could be better accomplished if he went back in junior.
 
No one can fault Laughton’s efforts.
 
“Definitely, I gave it my all,” he said. “I mean, there’s no regrets [with my] playing. There’s nothing I can do now, just try and get better and make the squad next year.”
 
Laughton said among the knowledge he will take back to the OHL is how to be a professional. He said he was treated great here, something every player says about the Flyers’ organization – rookies and veterans alike.
 
“The guys have been great with me, the coaching staff, management, everyone like that,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough. I learned so much. I’m going back to Oshawa and try to win the Memorial Cup.’’
 
When Laughton arrived, he got muscled off the puck in some early games. That has to be expected from a teenager playing against grown men. Yet he also seemed to do better competing one-on-one with just a few games under him.
 
What’s to work on?
 
“Definitely strength, getting bigger for the next level,” he said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. I thought my speed was pretty good here but I need to work on strength. I’m 190 and want to get to 195, build strength. [I want to] get bigger in the upper body.”

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