With the 20th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers pick center Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals.
Laughton is a 18-year-old left-handed center who potted 33 goals, 76 points, and 159 penalty minutes in 127 total OHL games.
After numerous highly-touted players slipped in the draft and speculation rose that the Flyers attempted to work out a deal to move up in the draft, perhaps to select Filip Forsberg, Mikhail Grigorenko, or Teuvo Teräväinen, the Flyers stood pat with their own 20th overall pick and selected Laughton.
The 6’1″ fast-skating, physical center, is a prototypical pick for the Flyers. Allegedly, Laughton plays like Mike Richards, one of his favorite players growing up.
Though he had a rough start to last season but finished strong. Oshawa’s assistant coach, Roger Hunt, says that Laughton gets pucks to the net and is not afraid to play in front of the net and tip in pucks. Hunt also says that Laughton works extremely hard and plays hard.
Per Hockey’s Future:
Laughton had a strong second season in an otherwise disappointing season for the Generals and finished the year with an impressive performance for Team Canada at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. Laughton scored 21 goals with 32 assists and was plus-8 with 101 penalty minutes in 64 games for Oshawa. In the playoffs Laughton scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was minus-5 with 17 penalty minutes. The Generals lost to Niagara in a six-game, first-round playoff series. In seven games for bronze medal-winning Canada at the WJC, Laughton scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was plus-3 with 4 penalty minutes. One of the risers in Central Scouting’s rankings, Laughton moved up twelve places from the mid-season list and was ranked 28th amongst North American skaters in the final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.