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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
An 18-year old first round forward enters Philadelphia Flyers training camp an apparent long shot to make the roster. Forward thinking fans rail against the possibility of said young forward making the team, arguing that the minimal benefit of a talented young player filling a role on the third and fourth lines is outweighed by the negative of wasting a year of his entry level contract.
The Flyers disagreed, and Sean Couturier found himself in the opening day lineup.
2013 finds history repeating itself in the form of Scott Laughton.
Laughton, taken 20th overall by the Flyers in the 2012 NHL Draft, spent the lockout playing for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. In 32 OHL games, Laughton has scored 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points, an improvement upon his 0.82 PPG pace in 2011-12. A ten-game suspension for a blindside hit on Daniel Walsh has been the only blemish on an otherwise impressive seas...