Flyers rookie Scott Laughton to play fifth game

Flyers rookie Scott Laughton to play fifth game
January 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Flyers' matchup with the Panthers will be rookie Scott Laughton’s fifth game.
 
Sources said this week Laughton will not be sent back to his junior club in Oshawa.
 
Yet, the Flyers have so many injuries, they can’t even afford to think about sending Laughton down. If he stays past five games, Laughton uses one year of his entry-level contract.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren would not discuss his roster today, but the team did send forward Eric Wellwood back down to the Adirondack Phantoms.
 
“Hopefully, it will work out, but I don’t know with everything going on,” Laughton said. “The fifth game is tonight and we’ll see what happens.”
 
Laughton is averaging 10:39 ice time on the third line, but has no points through four games.
 
“I think I’ve done pretty well, just trying to keep things simple,” he said. “It’s definitely a lot different and a lot tougher. The speed of the game is so much different.”
 
Laviolette said that Laughton has “looked strong” in games.
 
“He certainly hasn’t looked out of place,” Laviolette said. “Defensively, he’s proven to be in the right position. He’s physical, smart. Gotten some scoring chances. He’s a nice kid and he fits into the locker room.”
 
All of which is Lavy’s understated way of saying, Laughton is staying.