Former first round pick Scott Laughton is heading into the final year of his entry-level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Despite putting up less than perfect numbers last season, though – and spending part of the year as a healthy scratch – he won’t be focused on a new contract during the 2016-17 season.
In a recent report by CSN Philly’s Dhiren Mahiban, Laughton confirmed that he’s just going to focus on earning more playing time and improving his numbers. The money side of it, he insists, won’t be weighing on his mind – at least, if he can help it:
“A lot of people have a lot to say about it, but I’m going to focus on what I can do, and yeah it’s a contract year, but I just want to play games, help the team win and go from there,” Laughton told CSNPhilly.com this week. “I’m not focused on a contract or anything like that. I’m focused on making the team and being with those guys again.”
During the 2015-16 season, the 22-year-old forward put up just seven goals and 21 points through 71 regular season games played with the Flyers. He then spent part of the year in the press box, as well, and was limited in his deployment – then he saw his postseason take a bit of a tumble when a scary hit in game four left him laying on the ice long after play had stopped.
He’s not ready to let that affect his upcoming year, though.
“Everything’s good, I mean, [the injury is] kind of in the past now and [I’m] looking forward to this year,” Laughton said. “Obviously not the way you want to go out, it was tough, but all good now and really healthy. I’ve watched it. Just a weird play where I put myself off balance and stuff like that happens. At the end of the day, it’s just a tough play.”