Read underwent surgery on his thumb Wednesday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Read missed just three games all year while averaging 15:15 in ice time in those outings. Given his consistency, it is unlikely the 30-year-old will miss any time next season. Despite his durability, fantasy owners are unlikely to be clamoring over each other to pick up the winger as he managed just 11 goals and 15 helpers and ending the campaign on a 22-game scoreless streak.
Read collected a power-play goal and two PIM in Friday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. It's been a mostly quiet season for Read, who's on pace to match his lackluster point total (30) from last season. With diminishing ice time -- he played just 13 minutes on Friday -- his fantasy value is limited. Still, the Flyers are pushing for a playoff spot, and Read has been known to find a streak. Proceed with tempered optimism.
Read bagged his eighth goal of the season, an empty-netter, in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Montreal. With just two points in his last eight games, the empty-netter is a welcome score for owners. Read has no doubt struggled this season, and only managed 12 minutes of ice time on Tuesday. His fourth-line status diminishes what little fantasy value he does have.
Read had a big afternoon Saturday, tallying a goal and dishing out two helpers in a 4-0 win over the visiting Islanders. Read was great in the matinee affair, as he also skated to a plus-3 and fired five shots on goal -- giving him 11 in the last two games after recording just one SOG in the previous three before that. The Bemidji State product continues to serve as a solid energy guy and occasional source of depth scoring (15 points in 39 games) in the Flyers' bottom six, but doesn't provide much by way of fantasy value at this point given his current fourth-line assignment.
Read assisted on Sean Couturier's goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against Carolina. Read has fell short of expectations last season, and is on pace to do so again. With the Flyers heating up -- they're finally above .500 -- Read is worth monitoring in certain formats. If he can string together a points streak, he could find his way onto some fantasy rosters.
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