The Philadelphia Flyers waived Adam Hall on Saturday and he cleared waivers on Sunday. While he has yet to be sent to down to the Phantoms, you can’t help but wonder what is in store for the forward group.
It’s entirely possible (probably even likely) that we see additional moves before the season begins, but I seriously scratch my head with this one. Any plan that potentially has Jay Rosehill in your regular twelve forwards is not a plan that I like.
The Flyers forward group currently consists of Giroux, Voracek, Hartnell, Lecavalier, Schenn, Simmonds, Couturier, Read, Talbot, Laughton, Rinaldo, Rosehill, and Hall (who, again, was waived but not yet sent down).
If Hall truly isn’t in the plans that means that top-prospect Scott Laughton is all but guaranteed to start the season as the fourth line center. I’m not at all opposed to the idea of having a top-prospect ease his way into the NHL with fourth line minutes. Sean Couturier did it, and I thought it was particularly effective. Couturier saw over 14 minutes a game in his rookie season; 2:41 of which were of the shorthanded variety.
If the Flyers are able to replicate this with Laughton, I’d be amiable to it. The problem is, if Adam Hall isn’t a part of this team, Jay Rosehill is going to be on Scott Laughton’s wing (barring another move). Couturier’s top two linemates in his rookie season were Rinaldo and Talbot. That’s a heck of a lot better for a rookie than Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.
I can live with having a face-puncher as your 13th forward. I can’t say I like the idea of having one in your top-12. I like it even less when he’s going to be a burden on your top prospect.