Matt Read
Matt Read
33-Year-Old Right WingRW
Toronto Maple Leafs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Matt Read in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Leafs in September of 2019.
Let go from PTO
RWToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
September 30, 2019
Read signed a minor-league contract with Toronto after being released from a professional tryout offer Monday.
The 33-year-old was a long shot to make the Maple Leafs' roster, but he'll be a solid leader for their young players' development in the minors. Read played in 61 AHL games last year for Minnesota's affiliate, posting 16 goals and 37 points.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Inks PTO with Leafs
RWToronto Maple Leafs  Minors
August 2, 2019
Read signed a professional tryout offer with the Leafs on Friday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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Sent down to AHL
RWMinnesota Wild  Minors
April 1, 2019
Read was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Monday.
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Avoids demotion
RWMinnesota Wild  Minors
March 29, 2019
Read is still with the Wild after clearing waivers and will suit up against the Golden Knights on Friday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Hits waivers
RWMinnesota Wild  Minors
March 28, 2019
The Wild placed Read on waivers Thursday.
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Back with Minnesota
RWMinnesota Wild  Minors
March 17, 2019
Read was recalled from AHL Iowa on Sunday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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