Laughton looking for permanent stay

NEWARK, NJ -- Flyers center Scott Laughton has high expectations, which is why he was less than satisfied despite a solid individual performance during a stumbling effort from his team.

Laughton hit the post early while his team hit the wall midway through a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

The 19-year-old Laughton was the Flyers first round draft pick in the 2012 draft. He played five games last season with the Flyers at the beginning of the season before being sent back to the OHL.

It’s possible he could stick with the Flyers for nine game before being sent down, thus preventing his entry-level contract from starting.

Laughton was asked if he felt he showed enough to ensure a spot, but the sour taste of defeat, even in a preseason game, wouldn’t allow him to give himself a passing grade.

“I think I need more and we lose 4-1 and I am the second line center man on the team,” he said. “Tonight you have to show more at this type of level here.”

If he does stay around, Laughton will have to get used to dealing with the Devils, a team that doesn’t give the opponent much breathing room.

“It’s tough, they collapse and don’t give you much and you don’t have a lot of time with the puck,” he said. “They were in our zone and we didn’t give (Steve) Mason much help and kind of left him out to dry.”

Laughton said that spending the five games with the Flyers last season was an invaluable experience.

“It was huge playing five games in the NHL, your dream,” he said. “It was great getting to know the guy, the city and getting to know what pro hockey is all about.”

He is hoping to stay this time around and was asked if he would move from center if meant securing a spot.

“It’s a tough question,” he said. “I played center all my life and that is my main position, but a bunch of guys have moved positions in their career and I am open for anything and will do whatever I can to make this hockey team.”

Whether he stays this time or not, it appears Laughton will eventually be a fixture with the Flyers.

The Flyers expect a lot of him, but apparently no more than Laughton does of himself.