It was Jan. 27. Scott Laughton was in Tampa Fla.

He remembers it well. And he doesn’t want it to happen again.

“I remember the exact moment I was walking around and I got a call” Laughton said. “And I just sat down with [GM Paul] Holmgren and talked about how I was going to go back to junior.”

Laughton the center whom the Flyers selected 20th overall in the 2012 draft learned he would be going back to the Oshawa Generals that day upon returning home from Florida. He wouldn't be staying with the Flyers for a sixth game.

There had been plenty of debate about whether Laughton who averaged 11:31 on the ice and fit in seamlessly with the Flyers would remain past the dreaded game No. 5. Per NHL rules underage junior-level players can play nine games before a year is burned off their entry-level contracts. For last year’s lockout-shortened season that number was cut to five.

In the end the Flyers decided Laughton would be better served by playing top-six minutes and collecting time on special teams with the Generals. Even knowing the then-18-year-old would have spent a fair amount of time on the bench or in the press box had he stayed with the Flyers the decision was a tough one.

“I think that he made a real strong impression on all of us” coach Peter Laviolette said. “He proved that he could skate he could compete that he was smart enough to jump into a lineup like that and play games.

“Going back and getting another year and getting stronger and more experience at that level but to be more mature more physically mature I think that only helps him coming back to this year."

Unfortunately for Laughton most of the Flyers’ roster for the 2013-14 season is set. Fortunately though the coaches and front office liked a lot of what they saw from him last year and he will be getting a lot of looks during this week’s rookie camp -- which opened Friday -- and next week’s full team camp.