With only 26 days left until the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, we will be breaking down a prospect each day until June 22nd. Today, we will take a closer look at center Scott Laughton.
Center Scott Laughton, Oshawa Generals, 18 Years Old
Height: 6’0″, Weight: 177 pounds, Shoots: Left
NHL Central Scouting: 28th among North American skaters
TSN: 25th among all players
2011-12 Stats: 64 games played, 21 goals, 32 assists, 53 points, +8, 101 penalty minutes
More after the jump…
THE SCOOP: There are many effective hockey players that have a great work ethic. Soon to be 18 year old Canadian center Scott Laughton fits into that category perfectly and may be a key player to an NHL team in the future. Laughton is not the most talented player in the 2012 NHL Draft class, but he certainly works harder than the majority of them. After notching a solid 53 points in 64 games with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL this past year, he showed scouts that he could develop into a solid two-way center. In addition to his ability to contribute offensively, Laughton is not afraid to fight opponents, block shots, and deliver big hits. His 101 penalty minutes this past season back that up as he was involved in many scraps. Scouts say that Laughton will need to add some weight and improve his skating to make the transition to the NHL. Sean Lafortune had this to say about him: “Scott Laughton may be the smartest, most competitive draft-eligible player in Ontario. His compete level, intelligence and hockey sense are without a doubt his best assets. He is the type of player who is willing to do whatever it takes to win, be it block a shot, make a strong back check or drop the gloves. He is extremely strong positionally and he shows an ability to be in the right place at the right time in all three zones.” One mock draft projected him to go to the Vancouver Canucks. With Laughton’s work ethic and intensity, he may jump into the last ten picks of the first round, but only time will tell.
Previously Seen in “30 Prospects in 30 Days”: