Friday, June 22, 2012

Flyers select Laughton in first round

With the 20th pick in the first round of Friday's NHL draft, the Philadelphia Flyers surprised many by taking forward Scott Laughton from Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren made the selection amidst steady, vociferous booing from the clearly partisal Pittsburgh crowd, which arose as soon as Philadelphia was named the next team to make a selection.

"We really like Scott. I've seen him play a couple of times and he kind of reminds me a little bit of Mike Richards, a little bit of Adam Henrique; he's a good, solid, hard-nosed two-way player," Holmgren said after the pick.

Laughton, who turned 18 on May 30, completed his second season in Canadian juniors with 21 goals, 53 points and 101 penalty minutes in 64 regular-season games. He added five points (2G, 3A) in six playoff contests for the Generals.

A defensive-oriented center, Laughton finished fifth in overall points, sixth in goals and third in penalty minutes as Oshawa, which finished third in the East Division, lost in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Over his three years in Ontario-based hockey programs, the 6-foot, 170-pounder from the Toronto suburbs has totaled 33 goals and 76 points with 163 PIMs in 129 games.

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