The 2019-20 NHL regular season has concluded and the next time the puck drops will officially kick off the race to the Stanley Cup. The Flyers are hungry and ready to battle it out, but that is thanks to the hard work from back in October.
In an End to End series, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall will be grading players based on individual performances.
Today we will be looking at Scott Laughton.
Laughton is an under-the-radar player that the Flyers are lucky to have. While he did miss a handful of games in the early weeks of the 2019-20 season because of a broken finger, he remained a vital asset upon returning.
Through 49 games, Laughton tallied 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists). The 13 goals were a career best and considering he missed 20 games and there were still 13 left to play, chances are, he would’ve continued adding on to that.
There has been continuous growth in Laughton’s play over the past three seasons, with his puck handling, work in the neutral zone and work on the penalty kill — his speciality. The Flyers have truly struck gold in the amount of depth they have on the roster and if Laughton continues to progress in the coming years, he’ll be the core of it all.
I’ll give Laughton an A — overall, a great season.
Laughton had one of his best seasons in a Flyers uniform.
A guy that can play center and wing, he was a major key to the improved depth. In 49 games, he set personal milestones, scoring a career-high 13 goals and recording a career-high plus-13.
What needs to be recognized is the way he bounced back from adversity this season. Despite suffering two separate injuries, the 26-year-old continued to remain a solid role player for the Flyers, moving up and down the lineup when needed and stepping up in a major way on the Flyers' improved penalty kill, where he recorded over 83 minutes of ice time. Some more point production could have been expected out of the Flyers' 2012 first-round pick, but he certainly improved in his role this season.
Laughton gets a B+.
There are a number of reasons why Laughton deserves this grade, but I’ll start with the most obvious. Despite multiple injuries this season, Laughton was still able to post a career-high 13 goals in 49 games. Even more impressive is that Laughton did this all while playing different places up and down the Flyers' lineup.
Laughton has become a Swiss army knife for the Flyers, playing wherever he is needed and doing so admirably. On any given night, Laughton can be a top-six forward but doesn’t get down on nights when he plays lower in the lineup. Not only that but Laughton has an uncanny ability to elevate the play of others when playing alongside them. Laughton has been one of the most consistent players in the Flyers' lineup and has proven that again this season, posting a plus-13 rating. When No. 21 is in the lineup, you always know what you’re going to get.
Laughton gets an A.
Laughton has been one of the Flyers' most consistent forwards over the past two seasons.
He's always skating hard, always forechecking, always killing penalties and he's got some offensive strengths, to boot.
After putting up career highs in goals (12), assists (20), games (82) and ice time per game (14:51) during 2018-19, Laughton topped his personal best in markers by scoring 13 despite playing 33 fewer games this season. The 26-year-old, who has played center and winger for the Flyers, was also a career-best plus-13.
Laughton dealt with two unfortunate injuries (broken right index finger, groin), missing 20 of the Flyers' 69 games, so let's go with a real solid B+ for the underrated forward who made up for lost time.
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