Scott Laughton Sent to Juniors

The Flyers had to make a decision before tonight's game, and they did so two hours before the puck dropped for tonight's game.

The Flyers announced that they will send 18-year-old forward Scott Laughton back to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren let Laughton know this afternoon that he was sending him back to Oshawa. Holmgren said it was a difficult decision but it was in the best interest of Laughton that he was sent back.

Laughton, the lowest 1st round drafted Canadian forward in NHL draft history, played well in his short stint in Philadelphia. He posted no points in five games, but registered 10 shots, and in the process, drew a few penalties.

There is a possibility Laughton returns at the end of the junior regular season. But with the season ending in March, it's doubtful the Flyers waste a year of his entry level contract for another month of regular season NHL hockey.

Listed at 6'1", 177 lbs, he proved he was just too undersized to play in this role at the NHL level at this time.

Through 32 games with Oshawa, Laughton scored 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points. He will have the opportunity to work on his skills at the OHL level and make sure he learns more about finishing his scoring opportunities.

Laughton has never been known as a gifted goal scorer. This kept him off of the Canadian World Junior team in every year of his eligibility.

The Oakville, Ontario native will have to wait until he is 20 years of age to play in the AHL, or complete four years of junior hockey. Laughton is currently in his third season in the OHL.

By completing this action, Laughton will retain all three years of his entry level contract. If the Flyers decided to keep him up, a year of his ELC would have been burned, giving him two years under his first contract.