Most likely a bottom-six center with a moderate offensive ceiling. He is a strong skater and sound positionally. Could play net-front on the power play and kill penalties. Good defensively, which could see him as a passenger on an offensively skilled line. Doesn’t shoot much, but should get you a hit every other game.
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May 2022 – McLaughlin was not drafted by any NHL clubs as he had pedestrian numbers in the USHL. Even his first two seasons at Boston College did not see him produce much offence. In his junior season with the Eagles, he exploded for a point per game, where he would essentially remain for the remainder of his collegiate career. The Bruins signed him to an entry-level deal as soon as his collegiate career ended. While he isn’t a dynamic playmaker, nor does he have a great shot, he is a smart player who knows where to be at all times on the ice. He just about always gets body position on his opponents and this enables him to generate opportunities. There won’t be many players faster than him on the ice so his tools, though none of them are great, he is greater than the sum of his parts. I wouldn’t expect major offensive output from him, but he could be the defensive steadiness required on an otherwise offensive scoring line, and that could lead to fantasy relevance. Victor Nuño