Matt Read
Matt Read
32-Year-Old Right WingRW
Minnesota Wild
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Twice a 20-goal scorer, Read played a career-low 19 games in 2017-18 because of all the Flyers up-and-coming prospects, and in those 19 contests, he tallied just one goal. The 32-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career with the Flyers and scored 87 goals and 187 points in 437 games. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild in July of 2018.
Shifts back to minors
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November 11, 2018
Read was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Sunday.
Read was with the big club for two games but was a healthy scratch for both. The 32-year-old's return to minors could be a good sign for the health of Matt Hendricks (undisclosed).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Flyers have finally started to admit to themselves that it's just not happening with Read -- he was miscast as a top-six player earlier in his career, and 2016-17 saw him drop off to a career-low 13:48 of average ice time, resulting in just 19 points (also a career worst). He isn't a great penalty killer or a power-play weapon, and he doesn't play an impressively physical game. One of the league’s most wildly overpaid players, the 31-year-old will take home $3.5 million to serve as Philly’s fourth-line right winger before almost certainly leaving town as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
At 30 years old with two straight seasons of declining scoring behind him, Read doesn’t look like an appealing fantasy add this year. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek are locked into the top two lines at right wing, leaving the 30-year-old Read with third-line duty and second-unit power-play time (as well as plenty of penalty-killing minutes). He’s carved out a legitimate NHL career after going undrafted, but that won’t help most fantasy owners.
Read had a season to forget in 2014-15, scoring just eight goals in 80 games -- the lowest goal total of his four-season NHL career. The sharp-shooter is usually a lock for 20 goals, but he struggled with consistency issues and a drop in ice time last year. While the 29-year-old still reached 30 points, he appeared unmotivated at times and went through several lengthy slumps. Read is too good not to rebound to some degree, though reaching the 20-goal mark can no longer be taken as a guarantee. Any potential bounce back for Read may hinge on how he clicks with Sam Gagner, an underachieving, yet highly-skilled forward the Flyers brought in during the offseason to join Read and Sean Couturier on the third line.
Read has been a model of consistency in his three years on the Flyers, averaging just over a half-a-point per game with a roughly equal amount of goals and assists. While he's been a fixture on the third line alongside Sean Couturier for the past couple of season, he may look for exposure in the top-six on either of the spots left vacant with Scott Hartnell and Tye McGinn's departures. If that happens, you can expect a career year out of this 28 year old; if he remains on the third line, he's still a solid contributor for deep leagues.
Read racked up 24 points in 42 games with the Flyers last season. It wasn't as impressive as his breakout rookie season, but Read still posted solid numbers. If the 27-year-old can return to form this season, he could provide solid value as a late-round pickup.
In his rookie year Matt Read posted an impressive 47 points in 79 games, with his 24 goals leading all NHL rookies. Many felt he was overlooked in consideration for the Calder Trophy, but Read will look to build on an impressive start and has earned his ice-time with the Flyers. Now that his rookie season is out of the way, Read may be on the verge of a breakout year that could produce serious value for fantasy owners. He's not as young as most rookies, as he turned 26 this past June, so his ceiling isn't as high as other talented rookies. Still, he's well worth a look in deeper leagues as he could challenge 30 goals.
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Called up Thursday
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November 8, 2018
Read was recalled from AHL Iowa on Thursday.
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Sent to AHL affiliate
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October 31, 2018
The Wild reassigned Read to AHL Iowa on Wednesday.
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Summoned by parent club
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October 17, 2018
The Wild recalled Read from AHL Iowa on Wednesday.
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Likely ticketed for AHL Iowa
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September 29, 2018
Read was waived by the Wild on Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Inks two-way deal with Wild
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July 30, 2018
Read signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild on Monday.
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