The Philadelphia Flyers have only seen former first round pick Scott Laughton play in the AHL this year, as he’s only been active off of the team’s injured reserve list for a two game conditioning stint with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
After getting recalled and activated off of the LTIR list, though, the forward is back down in the minors.
It was confirmed on the AHL’s transactions page on Wednesday afternoon that Laughton, who skated in 71 games with the Flyers last season, has been sent back down to the AHL Phantoms. It’s possible the team wants to see him spend more time on the ice for the minor league club before they feel comfortable re-inserting him back into the NHL lineup.
Selected 20th overall in 2012, the Oakville, Ontario native was good for just seven goals and 21 points last season with the Flyers, bringing his career total to 27 points in 103 career NHL games. The club is hoping he’ll find his offensive spark before long, but that hasn’t been the case just yet – and a lower-body injury to start off his 2016-17 season likely didn’t help much.
While down with the Phantoms, the 22-year-old forward has two points in two games – so he’s likely close to being ready to return to Philadelphia full-time. For now, though, it’s not altogether surprising to see the team send him down if need be, where he’ll get significantly more ice time and exposure.