The Philadelphia Flyers are likely to begin the 2016-17 season without both Scott Laughton and defenseman Brandon Manning due to injuries, general manager Ron Hextall announced on Thursday.
Laughton is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury, while Manning was deemed to be week-to-week with an upper-body issue. Laughton suffered a sprained knee during Wednesday’s practice and Manning injured his shoulder earlier in training camp, according to CSNPhilly.com.
Coming off his first full NHL season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Laughton failed to record a point in four preseason games, registering four shots on goal while collecting eight penalty minutes. Manning also was kept off the scoresheet in two preseason contests despite posting seven shots and a plus-1 rating.
Selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Laughton made his debut with the Flyers in 2012-13, when he appeared in five games without recording a point. The 22-year-old center from Ontario scored two goals and set up four others over 31 contests the following campaign before registering seven tallies and 14 assists in 71 games last season.
Undrafted, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Manning signed with Philadelphia on November 23, 2010 and saw his first NHL action in 2011-12, posting a plus-1 rating in four games. The 26-year-old from British Columbia collected five assists in 17 contests over the next two campaigns before scoring his first career goal and adding six assists in 56 games last season.
The Flyers kick off the regular season with a three-game road trip that begins against the Kings in Los Angeles on October 14. They also will visit the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks before playing their home opener on October 20 against the Anaheim Ducks.