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The battle for the third line wing spot is a little clearer today, as the Flyers announced they sent LW Michael Raffl and D Oliver Lauridsen down to the Adirondack Phantoms ahead of tonight’s preseason finale versus the Washington Capitals.
Raffl, who had been battling with Scott Laughton and Chris VandeVelde for the team’s vacant spot on the third line, was held without a goal in four preseason games for the club.
Lauridsen, the big defenseman from Denmark, played in three preseason games with the the Flyers after a short stint with the team last season. His demotion is a strange one, as Hal Gill remains on the roster. He hadn’t impressed much during his time this preseason, but maybe general manager Paul Holmgren sees Gill as a 7-8 defenseman – insurance for when someone suffers an injury a la Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossman and Andrej Meszaros last year.
It seems the spot on the third line has been won, at least temporarily, by 19-year old center Scott Laughton, which doesn’t seem to be much of a surprise. Laughton played well this preseason, and spent a lot of time playing on special teams as well, even manning the point on a power play during last night’s 4-1 loss to the Devils. But, aside from Laughton, still on the roster is VandeVelde, the left winger signed this offseason to an AHL deal with the Phantoms.