Flyers send Laughton to OHL, recall Newbury

Flyers send Laughton to OHL, recall Newbury
October 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Scott Laughton (left) was sent back to junior while Kris Newbury (right) was recalled. (USA Today Images)

Teenager Scott Laughton survived training camp as the last man standing.
 
He didn’t, however, last nine games before the Flyers had to make a decision. They made that Thursday, sending the 19-year-old center back to his junior club in Oshawa.
 
Laughton was a healthy scratch in the Flyers’ season-opening loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

“We talked about it for almost two weeks on what to do,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Scott is a good kid. We like him and feel he has a good future with the Flyers.

“But at the end of the day, we just felt it was in the best interests of the Flyers and Scott to loan him back to his junior team where he can play in an expanded role and continue to develop.”

“At the end of the day, you need to justify the amount of minutes he is going to get against the long-term projections of where you see him down the road. It just didn’t add up with us."

He would have been a fourth line player.

Laughton spent five games with the Flyers last season right out of junior. He didn’t get to play one game this fall.
 
In conjunction with the move, the Flyers recalled -- surprise -- not Michael Raffl or Tye McGinn or even Chris VanderVelde, but Kris Newbury from the Phantoms.
 
He’s bounced around the NHL with three organizations over the past six years but has been a very consistent scorer, averaging 62 points over his past three seasons in the AHL.