VandeVelde Assigned to Phantoms; Laughton Appears to Win Roster Spot

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The Flyers announced Saturday afternoon that they assigned left winger Chris VandeVelde to the Adirondack Phantoms. This brings the current roster to 24 players ahead of Monday’s roster deadline, with one more cut to come.

It seems 2012 first-round draft pick Scott Laughton has made the team now, at least on a nine-game trial basis. Laughton could likely see time on the team’s fourth line, with Max Talbot playing on the third line.

VandeVelde was a dark horse at Flyers camp, having beat out Austrian Michael Raffl in the camp battle for the vacant offensive spot on the team’s roster. But VandeVelde had only signed an AHL deal with the Phantoms, and would require a new two-way contract to be with the big club.

Laughton seemed like the best bet for the open spot because at only 19 years old, he isn’t old enough to be sent to the Phantoms, and another season in Oshawa for the OHL Generals likely would stunt his development, as he likely would be the top player in a league amongst mostly 16-18 year olds.