NHL: Matt Read a Starter for the 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers?
Matt Read, the 5'11" winger from Bemidji State University (who? what?), will most likely get the call up to the Flyers by the start of next season.
In college, Read average 2.3 goals-per-game and, in only eleven games with the Adirondack Phantoms, he netted seven goals and six assists for a total of 13 points.
If you're not the AHL-savvy type, Matt Read is an absolute stud. He was the NCAA (CHA League) Rookie of the Year in 2008 and the NCAA (CHA League) Player of the Year in 2010. On March 23, 2011, the Flyers signed Read and then immediately assigned him to Adirondack.
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted that Read "should start [year] here."
In the case of a Scott Hartnell or Jeff Carter departure, Read would be a very cheap replacement on the wing (or center) with a cap hit of only $900,000. Due to the overwhelming number of centers on the team, Read would almost certainly be bounced to the wing.
Read is much like a Giroux-esque player with that coveted grinder mentality. He will be a great addition for sure.
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