Laughton ended an eight-game point drought Thursday with a pair of assists in a 6-3 stomping of the Predators. You can't totally blame Laughton for his silence on offense, as he's commonly been skating single-digit minutes -- Thursday's 10:13 was his first foray into double digits since Jan. 13 -- on the fourth line. That said, it's telling that the 21-year-old -- the 20th overall pick in 2010 -- hasn't been able even to displace Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from his role as the third-line center. Until he starts seeing more responsibility, Laughton won't be playable outside the very deepest of fantasy formats.
Laughton has produced just two points in his last 10 games as his time on ice has fallen. In the first 20 games of the season, Laughton was regularly seeing over 20 shifts per game. In his last 20, he's been hovering between 12 and 15 shifts. It doesn't take a genius or someone from a TurboTax commercial to realize that fewer minutes on ice equal fewer points.
Laughton snagged his sixth assist on the year in Monday's shootout loss to the Islanders. Laughton has seen his ice time drop by almost two minutes per game over the last six contests, however has increased his productivity over that same time, recording three helpers. The 21-year-old is likely to continue seeing limited minutes centering the Flyers fourth line, yet is making the most of his opportunities.
Laughton (upper body) will play Monday against the Hurricanes, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Laughton saw just 23 seconds of ice time in Saturday's game against Ottawa before leaving with an upper-body injury. However, it won't prevent him from playing Monday against the Senators, as he'll likely center the third line.
Laughton, who left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, will have his status updated Sunday, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. A hard hit along the boards knocked Laughton out of the game and makes him questionable entering Monday night's game against the Hurricanes.
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