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07-09-2013, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
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If prospects like Mark Sheifele and Ryan Strome can got back to Jr's for 2 years after being drafted, Laughton can too. We peg him as a 2nd/3rd line C that can do everything to win. Just imagine if he goes back to jr and develops MORE offensively and dominates. We could have another 1st liner...unlikely...but who knows. If he joins Philly right now, he is thrusted into a defensive role...slowing down his offensive opportunities..like Couts. We added Hall for another season to be a #4 C. We don't NEED Laughton this year. Keep his ELC for another year, it will help us more in the end. He has not been the #1 C on his team in Jr's yet. Be dominate in Jr, make the WJC, play well into the playoffs, join the Phantoms for the playoffs, win the Calder Cup. Replace Read next year.
Nothing wrong with allowing our kids to ripen in the CHL and even AHL...like detroit does. Then when they come in, they are ready to handle more than 4th line minutes and "hit the wall" Use Gagne and Hall types as the 1-2 year stopgap for this young core to grow. Wouldn't it be nice to see them develop in the AHL together and EXCEL down there. We will benefit from it in the future.
Patience. Can Laughton make the team? Yes. Can he be replaced by Gagne for 1 year? Yes.
Leave him in the juniors for the start of the season. Let him enjoy all the little things, and then when the flyers make the playoffs promote the kid. But let him spend his time in the minors as king of the Generals.
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