While a lot of my fellow bloggers have been profiling the new kids trying to make their break into the NHL and become Flyers, I want to profile some of our current rookies that came out on top this past season. We have seen some good players come out this season like Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, and Zac Rinaldo. The one that I want to talk about specifically today, is Matt Read. I remember last pre-season when I was blogging game reviews on my personal Flyers blog, and wondering who this Read kid was, and now that I know, I’m glad the Flyers picked him up.
The right winger started his career in 2005 playing for The Milton Icehawks for a year, and then a year with The Des Moines Buccaneers. Then he played for the Bemidji State University hockey team, where he also graduated from. Read played a season with the Flyers AHL affiliate the Adirondack Phantoms, before he finally got his big break last season with the Flyers. When pre-season began, Read was already making strides, so it is no surprise that throughout the season he continued to make plays on the ice by racking up point, goals and assists.
While his points may not be ranked as high as top dogs Claude Giroux or Scott Hartnell, among the new recruits Read shines with 47 points, 24 goals, and 23 assists. He’s also played a in a good amount of goals for a rookie player at 79. Unlike Rinaldo who seems have taken over for Hartnell and former Flyer Carcillo in PIMs, Read has only logged 12 minutes in the penalty box this past season. He has done well considering this was his first season as a NHLer, which means he’ll only get better with time and more development from the Flyers training staff.
His performance on the ice tells us that he’s ready to continue his career with the Philadelphia Flyers. We can also see his dedication and discipline to the game through his low PIMs. This also might be a by product of his experience at the collegiate level. Read also is more mature than the other rookies, because he’s not exactly a “kid” at 25.
He has potential to do great things for the Flyers, and if you take a look on the Flyers forum, you’ll see that fans have already been impressed with his performance on the ice. I know that I am. What is surprising to me, is that he seems to not gain as much attention from the fans as Couturier or Schenn, but Read definitely deserves it with his efforts to help the team last season. Let’s hope that CBA negotiations reach a common ground soon, so we can see Read back in action come October.
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