(Video) First NHL Goal: Flyers’ Laughton notches two points in win

By Ken McKenna
Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Scott Laughton registered 219 points (96G, 123A) in 230 OHL games for the Oshawa Generals (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Philadelphia Flyers were given what they hope is a glimpse of their future after a two-point performance by rookie forward Scott Laughton that included his first NHL goal. The goal was one of a quintet scored by the Flyers in a 5-1 win over the Eastern Conference’s bottom team, the Carolina Hurricanes.

With the Flyers breaking out of their own zone, forward Brayden Schenn skated the puck through the neutral zone, then banked a short pass off the right wing boards to Laughton. Laughton took the pass, eluded Hurricanes’ forward Victor Rask along the wall, then beat Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin stick side to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead.

After a strong, final OHL season with the Oshawa Generals in which he was named to that league’s First All-Star Team, Laughton began the 2014-15 season as a member of Flyers’ AHL farm team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In 13 games for that club, Laughton netted six goals and added five assists for 11 points. The Oakville, ON native was called up to the Flyers on 11/19, earning four points (1G, 3A) in 13 games so far.

Laughton is the Flyers’ top-ranked prospect according to Hockey’s Future, and is also ranked 32nd in HF’s most recent ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects.

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