Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 lbs
Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
The Los Angeles Kings proved in winning the Stanley Cup how important hard-working forwards can be on the ice.
That mentality and skill set is exactly what Scott Laughton will be bringing to the NHL.
Laughton is a two-way forward who is willing to grind for his team. He is a hard worker who can fight, hit and score. A versatile player, Laughton is known for being the kind of opposition people hate to play against, because of his drive and determination and his "never take a shift off" mentality.
While his skating could use work, Laughton makes up for any shortcomings in his game by always outworking the opposition.
In that sense, Scott Laughton could make a good NHL captain someday.
Laughton spent the 2011-12 season, his sophomore year in major junior hockey, with the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals. He starred on a weak team that was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, appearing in 64 games and recording 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points.
Beyond showcasing his offensive side, Laughton proved his worth as a role player in his complementary numbers, compiling 101 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating.
Laughton was not handed the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the World Juniors (only one draft-eligible Canadian, Ryan Murray, was), but he did appear for his country in the World U-18s, where he played in seven games and recorded seven points by way of two goals and five assists as Canada won the gold.
If he wants to translate his sandpaper playing style to the NHL, Laughton will need to get bigger and stronger, but there is little doubt that he will with his hard work and determination driving him forward.
In Central Scouting's final rankings, Scott Laughton was ranked as North America's 28th-best skater.
Analysis: A worst-case scenario would see Laughton maxing out as an effective two-way, third-line center with great penalty-killing capabilities. What is more likely is that Scott Laughton will be a second-line center with solid offensive upside or a go-to defensive forward.