Scott Laughton is a Phantom once again.
On Saturday, the Flyers announced the 20-year-old winger would be sent up the Northeast Extension and re-join Lehigh Valley in time for its road game against the Springfield Falcons tomorrow.
In 31 NHL appearances this season, Laughton produced just two goals and four assists despite giving effort and playing positional, smart hockey with and without the puck. However, he hadn't scored since December 20 and hadn't recorded a point since January 12.
From a single-game high of 17:35 on December 16 against the Lightning, Laughton has seen less than 11 minutes of ice time in five of his last seven games. With Ryan White back from injury and playing up to his bottom-six role, it was unlikely Laughton would find steady ice time in the future.
On the other hand, the Phantoms need a spark. Heading into play later this evening, Terry Murray's club has dropped eight of their last 11 games including last night's 3-2 home loss to Binghamton, and has slid to 12th place in the Eastern Conference, six points out of a playoff spot.
Before his call-up on Nov. 15, Leighton paced the club with six goals and five assists over 13 games which aided the Phantoms' 4-1-0 start.