The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Tuesday that forward Scott Laughton has inked a two-year contract extension with the club, carrying him through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season.
Drafted 20th overall by the club in 2012, Laughton went pro with the Flyers in 2013 after skating his major junior career with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals.
Since going pro, the 23-year-old forward has skated out in 109 career NHL games, putting up just nine goals and 27 points.
This past year, Laughton seemed to take a bit of a step back. Although he’d skated out in 71 regular-season games for the Metropolitan Division club in the 2015-16 campaign, he put up just two games with the Flyers and was predominantly a member of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms during the final year of his entry-level deal.
In the wake of putting up 19 goals and 39 points in 60 games for Lehigh Valley, he’ll cost $962,500 against the cap for each of the next two seasons. His 2018-19 season’s salary of $1.05 million means that he’ll get a much nicer qualifying offer at the end of that campaign.
For the Flyers, this is a minor contract they had to wrap up, but it signifies the end of their necessary offseason proceedings. With Laughton’s deal, Philadelphia no longer has any restricted free agents left to get under contract at the NHL level, leaving it free to focus on its minor-league contracts and any free agents it wants to pick up for the remainder of the summer.