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07-09-2013, 09:58 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
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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.
Preach man. Everyone wants to make this guy a 3rd line winger. The kid is a center. You can't just throw him into the fire at a position he has no experience at and expect everything to be great. This isn't NHL 13. Laughton's got some skill, but it's not like he's some offensive dynamo we absolutely have to have in the lineup. Let him actually dominate a full season, be a captain, play in the WJCs, play 20 minutes a night as the top dog. You'd be surprised what confidence can do for a player. I don't get the rush.
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