Sending him down would be like the Oilers leaving Yakupov down there.
Terrible comparison there. Yakupov dominated the O for 2 seasons. He had nothing left to prove there, which is why he went back to the KHL during the lockout.
Laughton has held his own through 4 games thus far, but so did Sbisa. He needs to dominate a level instead of getting 4th line minutes with no special teams work. There's no need to mortgage this kid's future to fill a small hole in the lineup.
Timonen suggested it, since he wanted 3 RH guys on all 3 pairings.
Always happy when people agree with me.
I actually like the d-men pairings. With Mez out its either spread our top three guys out to anchor each pairing or stack the first two and leave an abominable third. I prefer the former and it seems like they went with that.