By Mark Gallagher
The Flyers are looking prime for a playoff push deep into the spring.
So it’s probably not surprising that they have received offers for Scott Laughton.
The 25-year-old former first-round pick is caught in the team’s increasingly crowded depth chart. The Flyers have several players who look capable of taking away Laughton’s spot in the top-six as soon as 2020-21.
Laughton has 12 goals and 24 points in 44 games this season. His per-game scoring rate puts him on a pace to exceed last season’s 12 goals and 32 points in 82 games but he is also shooting well above his career rate. Laughton has typically scored on 9.5 percent of his shots but is almost double that this year at 17.9.
Philly could have sold high on their skilled forward but see him as a key piece to their immediate future. Laughton also has a very team-friendly contract that counts against the cap for $2.3 million through next season.
He doesn’t seem capable of being a true 40-50 point scorer at this stage of his career to make him a reliable top-six option. The team could have Nolan Patrick back for 2020-21 and Morgan Frost will make case for a roster spot in training camp. Laughton is safe for now but has value as a trade chip next season. His name will also come up this summer as a way to acquire reinforcements in the offseason.