Rookie Scott Laughton walked into the locker room Friday night in Washington and wiped his brow before answering questions. It was no sign of relief for the 19-year-old center, the Flyers’ first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

“I didn’t play like I wanted to and it’s pretty frustrating,” Laughton said after logging 10:35 in another Flyers preseason loss. “Coming into camp and trying to be ready, not playing the way you want to in preseason, it’s tough. It weighs on your mind a bit.”

The Oakville, Ont. native may be his own harshest critic. The way he was talking, he might have voted himself off the team.

“My goal was to make the team,” Laughton said. “That was anyone’s goal at camp. At the end I was definitely disappointed deep down inside.”

Lucky for him, the decision makers had a different opinion than he did. He survived the last round of cuts after the Flyers sent Chris VandeVelde to the Phantoms and waived forward Adam Hall Saturday. Defenseman Bruno Gervais was also waived.