In the end, the debate was whether rookie prospect Scott Laughton would be better served remaining with the Flyers or returning to junior for his the final 19 games.
General manager Paul Holmgren said the club, now bolstered with the return of Danny Briere, wrestled with the decision this weekend before deciding to return Laughton to Oshawa.
"I talked to Scott this afternoon," Holmgren said, adding Laughton would return with the Flyers tonight after their game here and then leave for Oshawa on Monday.
"It was difficult – he played very well," Holmgren said of the 18-year-old center. "We thought it was in the best interests of the Flyers and of Scott. He needs to play and he needs to play in all situations."
Coach Peter Laviolette said that Laughton "didn't look out of place" with the Flyers. He also said the decision on staying was for management to make, not him.
"The little bit of time he had here was good for him and good for us," Holmgren said. "He could learn a little about being a pro. I'm sure he is disappointed … He's a good kid, he'll be okay."
Holmgren believes Laughton's junior club could go deep in the playoffs and he'll get more playing time. He averaged 11:31 playing time.
Asked whether the thinking would have changed had Briere not been ready, Holmgren said, "I don't know. We still had to send Eric [Wellwood] back to create a space for Danny and Harry Zolnierczyk has continued to play well with the Phantoms.
"Tye McGinn has come up and played well and we have Tommy Sestito and Jody [Shelley] sitting out games. They are all different types of players but they all bring something different to the table."
Flyers send Scott Laughton back to junior team
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