Monday, October 20, 2014

Laughton named AHL's top player for Week 1

Three games into their inaugural season, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are already on the American Hockey League's honor roll.

On Monday afternoon, Scott Laughton was selected as the player of the week for the period ending October 19.

Laughton paced the Phantoms' offense by potting four goals in two games for the Phantoms last week, including two power-play tallies and a short-handed marker.

In Lehigh Valley’s home opener on Friday night against the Adirondack Flames, Laughton scored the first regular-season goal in PPL Center history and tied the game at 2-2 late in the second with another power-play marker.

In the back end of the home-and-home set with the Flames on Saturday in Glens Falls, Laughton scored once while his team was a man down and once at even strength to erase an early 2-0 deficit as the Phantoms rallied to tie but eventually lost to Adirondack, 4-2.

A first-round pick (20th overall) by Philadelphia in the 2012 draft, Laughton was a First Team Ontario Hockey League All-Star in 2013-14, notching 40 goals and 47 assists for 87 points in 54 games for the Oshawa Generals.

Laughton is the first member of the Phantoms to be recognized with the honor since now-departed goaltender Cal Heeter for the week ending January 5. 

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