Read is a commodity

This time last year, the name Matt Read meant nothing to most people. When the Flyers signed him at the end of last March, a Google search was a near prerequisite to find out detailed information about him.

It is amazing how quickly things change.

Read is now a reliable NHL forward who can play big minutes in all situations, score clutch goals, and will likely surpass the 20-goal mark in his rookie season.

However, there is more to it than that.

Read will be 26-years old in a few months and, for all intents and purposes, is already entering the prime of his career, even if he is just a rookie.

Sure, he will likely continue to improve but it is not highly probable he will experience a significant jump in production from this season to the next.

Throughout the duration of his three-year, $2.7 million contract, he will be a potent forward. At $900,000 per season, he will also provide incredible bang for the buck.

It is for those reasons that the Flyers should consider shopping Read.

Teams would kill for an affordable prospect who can post around 50-60 points per season and is under contract for a couple more years. As such, he would have more trade value than, say, Jakub Voracek, who costs approximately $44.5k more per point and will command a raise as a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

Of course, it is a double-edged sword to trade a cheap player from a team that needs to cut corners under the cap where possible but it might be a risk the Flyers need to take.

With a less-than-stellar defense and two goaltenders who have alternating confidence issues, the Flyers may need to part with a valuable part of their offense if the team intends to land a top-pairing defender, whether it be at the trade deadline or in the offseason.

If, at any point in time, a Shea Weber or Ryan Suter actually become available, a small-market team like the Nashville Predators would put extra value on the cap-friendly Read.

Uncovering obscure college prospects who develop into legitimate two-way threats at a cheap price is an absolute rarity but if the Flyers fail to keep pucks out of the net, what does it matter?

Read is an integral part of Philadelphia’s offense but he may turn out to mean more to the Flyers as a marketable asset.

  • nosetradamus

    You have a choice of 4 guys as far as I can tell…Read, Couturier, Harry Z and Bourdon. Well, eliminate Bourdon b/c he’s plagued with fumbleitis, but still that’s three guys to choose from since you know whatever team they’re talking to will want to include a young guy in any trade. Plus, with Kimmo in doubt and Carle a UFA you’re gonna need a body on D to restock the roster.

    So that leaves the three forwards…Read has proven himself from the get-go so I think he should be off the table because he can be built around. That leaves #14 and #29, who I think could be out the door with some great individual showings in the next 2 weeks.

    • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

      No way would I move Couturier unless another team comes calling for him and completely blows the Flyers away with an offer. Harry Z doesn’t have much trade value, especially with a -12 and 5 total points at the NHL level. 

      • nosetradamus

         See, I would think the “blow me away with an offer” would apply more to Read than Couturier because of the way Read has broken out this season. Just on stats alonebtwn the 2, Couts is an easier get since he’s in that middle ground where he can fit into any deal because he’s not a shining star but not struggling like HZ.

        • penaltykiller

          What Matt Read done is impressive for a 25 year old rookie, but he IS a 25 year old rookie. There is no way in heck I would trade Couturier over him. Couturier is 6 years younger and has much higher upside.

          • Bob H

            I don’t understand why people keep saying Couturier has a higher up-side than Read…for me that’s like saying Peter Zezel had a higher upside than Dave Poulin — when DP was also a 25-year-old rookie and eventually became captain and a beloved franchise figure. Zezel bounced around for years after he left Philly and never quite put it all together.

          • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

            A couple of nitpicking points: 

            1. Zezel and Poulin were much closer in age than Read and Couturier. Poulin was 24 and Zezel was 19. There’s a seven-year difference between Read and Couturier.

            2. Zezel was drafted a couple picks shy of the third round. Couturier was once hailed as one of the top two or three prospects coming into the draft before mono kept him out and knocked him down the chart.

            3. Zezel’s career was plagued by injuries, which hindered him throughout his career.

            4. Read averaged .97 points per game in college. Poulin averaged 1.45. The reason Poulin was overlooked in the draft was because of his size. No doubt, if he was a prospect today, he would’ve been taken pretty high in the draft.

          • Bob H

            1. Really, you’re gonna nitpick me? Boooo! ;) But I gotcha…Poulin turned 25 during his rookie year and since Zezel was 19 and came up the year after DP…that’s still a 6 1/2-7 yr. difference.

            2. I never factor expectations prior to NHL play or scouting into what I’m trying to argue exactly for those issues. Too many variables.

            3. So was Poulin’s. I should have clarified to mean their Flyers careers. Poulin filled a variety of roles excellently while Zez just seemed to regress after the one standout year.

            4. Relative to their eras, those scoring averages are comparable. And if #20 would have been taken high in the draft, it most likely wouldn’t have been by PHI even today.

  • nosetradamus

    You have a choice of 4 guys as far as I can tell…Read, Couturier, Harry Z and Bourdon. Well, eliminate Bourdon b/c he’s plagued with fumbleitis, but still that’s three guys to choose from since you know whatever team they’re talking to will want to include a young guy in any trade. Plus, with Kimmo in doubt and Carle a UFA you’re gonna need a body on D to restock the roster.

    So that leaves the three forwards…Read has proven himself from the get-go so I think he should be off the table because he can be built around. That leaves #14 and #29, who I think could be out the door with some great individual showings in the next 2 weeks.

    • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

      No way would I move Couturier unless another team comes calling for him and completely blows the Flyers away with an offer. Harry Z doesn’t have much trade value, especially with a -12 and 5 total points at the NHL level. 

      • nosetradamus

         See, I would think the “blow me away with an offer” would apply more to Read than Couturier because of the way Read has broken out this season. Just on stats alonebtwn the 2, Couts is an easier get since he’s in that middle ground where he can fit into any deal because he’s not a shining star but not struggling like HZ.

        • penaltykiller

          What Matt Read done is impressive for a 25 year old rookie, but he IS a 25 year old rookie. There is no way in heck I would trade Couturier over him. Couturier is 6 years younger and has much higher upside.

          • Bob H

            I don’t understand why people keep saying Couturier has a higher up-side than Read…for me that’s like saying Peter Zezel had a higher upside than Dave Poulin — when DP was also a 25-year-old rookie and eventually became captain and a beloved franchise figure. Zezel bounced around for years after he left Philly and never quite put it all together.

          • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

            A couple of nitpicking points: 

            1. Zezel and Poulin were much closer in age than Read and Couturier. Poulin was 24 and Zezel was 19. There’s a seven-year difference between Read and Couturier.

            2. Zezel was drafted a couple picks shy of the third round. Couturier was once hailed as one of the top two or three prospects coming into the draft before mono kept him out and knocked him down the chart.

            3. Zezel’s career was plagued by injuries, which hindered him throughout his career.

            4. Read averaged .97 points per game in college. Poulin averaged 1.45. The reason Poulin was overlooked in the draft was because of his size. No doubt, if he was a prospect today, he would’ve been taken pretty high in the draft.

          • Bob H

            1. Really, you’re gonna nitpick me? Boooo! ;) But I gotcha…Poulin turned 25 during his rookie year and since Zezel was 19 and came up the year after DP…that’s still a 6 1/2-7 yr. difference.

            2. I never factor expectations prior to NHL play or scouting into what I’m trying to argue exactly for those issues. Too many variables.

            3. So was Poulin’s. I should have clarified to mean their Flyers careers. Poulin filled a variety of roles excellently while Zez just seemed to regress after the one standout year.

            4. Relative to their eras, those scoring averages are comparable. And if #20 would have been taken high in the draft, it most likely wouldn’t have been by PHI even today.

  • Jsaq

    Read’s abilities and low cap hit are exactly why I don’t trade him.  I’d much rather move Voracek or even JvR, despite their potential, because they’re going to be making much more money than Read, and as younger guys might bring back more of a return.

  • Jsaq

    Read’s abilities and low cap hit are exactly why I don’t trade him.  I’d much rather move Voracek or even JvR, despite their potential, because they’re going to be making much more money than Read, and as younger guys might bring back more of a return.

  • Jsaq

    Read’s abilities and low cap hit are exactly why I don’t trade him.  I’d much rather move Voracek or even JvR, despite their potential, because they’re going to be making much more money than Read, and as younger guys might bring back more of a return.

  • nosetradamus

    You have a choice of 4 guys as far as I can tell…Read, Couturier, Harry Z and Bourdon. Well, eliminate Bourdon b/c he’s plagued with fumbleitis, but still that’s three guys to choose from since you know whatever team they’re talking to will want to include a young guy in any trade. Plus, with Kimmo in doubt and Carle a UFA you’re gonna need a body on D to restock the roster.

    So that leaves the three forwards…Read has proven himself from the get-go so I think he should be off the table because he can be built around. That leaves #14 and #29, who I think could be out the door with some great individual showings in the next 2 weeks.

  • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

    No way would I move Couturier unless another team comes calling for him and completely blows the Flyers away with an offer. Harry Z doesn’t have much trade value, especially with a -12 and 5 total points at the NHL level. 

  • nosetradamus

     See, I would think the “blow me away with an offer” would apply more to Read than Couturier because of the way Read has broken out this season. Just on stats alonebtwn the 2, Couts is an easier get since he’s in that middle ground where he can fit into any deal because he’s not a shining star but not struggling like HZ.

  • penaltykiller

    What Matt Read done is impressive for a 25 year old rookie, but he IS a 25 year old rookie. There is no way in heck I would trade Couturier over him. Couturier is 6 years younger and has much higher upside.

  • Bob H

    I don’t understand why people keep saying Couturier has a higher up-side than Read…for me that’s like saying Peter Zezel had a higher upside than Dave Poulin — when DP was also a 25-year-old rookie and eventually became captain and a beloved franchise figure. Zezel bounced around for years after he left Philly and never quite put it all together.

  • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

    A couple of nitpicking points: 

    1. Zezel and Poulin were much closer in age than Read and Couturier. Poulin was 24 and Zezel was 19. There’s a seven-year difference between Read and Couturier.

    2. Zezel was drafted a couple picks shy of the third round. Couturier was once hailed as one of the top two or three prospects coming into the draft before mono kept him out and knocked him down the chart.

    3. Zezel’s career was plagued by injuries, which hindered him throughout his career.

    4. Read averaged .97 points per game in college. Poulin averaged 1.45. The reason Poulin was overlooked in the draft was because of his size. No doubt, if he was a prospect today, he would’ve been taken pretty high in the draft.

  • Bob H

    1. Really, you’re gonna nitpick me? Boooo! ;) But I gotcha…Poulin turned 25 during his rookie year and since Zezel was 19 and came up the year after DP…that’s still a 6 1/2-7 yr. difference.

    2. I never factor expectations prior to NHL play or scouting into what I’m trying to argue exactly for those issues. Too many variables.

    3. So was Poulin’s. I should have clarified to mean their Flyers careers. Poulin filled a variety of roles excellently while Zez just seemed to regress after the one standout year.

    4. Relative to their eras, those scoring averages are comparable. And if #20 would have been taken high in the draft, it most likely wouldn’t have been by PHI even today.