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01-29-2014, 05:10 PM
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He's a very hard worker and a great face off guy. Wanted this guy on the team for a long time and I'm happy he did come here.
Raffl-Laughton-Hall for the 4th line next year. That would be great.
This, I want a 4th line that the team can role out on a consistent basis and play significant minutes (relative to the role), if needed, without being a detriment to the team. The Flyers really haven't had that since the days of Lappy, Powe and Betts.
And as others have said, playing 10mins a game as a 4th liner isn't hurting a player's development. That is as long as you keep your expectations in check. Expecting big things from young players but only giving them limited opportunities and then punishing them for not living up to expectations is how you ruin players. Developing players need opportunities (that can come in the form of pk duties for Laughton in year one for example) and patience. Not all players are future All-Stars who become major/impact players in the first couple years of their careers.
Edit: This is all assuming that Laughton is good enough to earn a spot in camp.
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