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09-19-2011, 10:45 AM
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Here's a read on Read:|text|Flyers

VOORHEES — Danny Briere was at center and Jaromir Jagr at right wing. Matt Read was in awe skating on a line with one of the Flyers’ returning stars and their new NHL legend during Saturday’s practice at Skate Zone.

From afar, Read idolized these guys growing up in Ilderton, Ontario. Just passing the puck to them was a blast, but what kept going through Read’s mind was, “Don’t screw up the drill.”

Read did fine in an audition that shows you what Flyers management thinks of the kid prospect who really isn’t a kid.

Just a few months out of college, Read is 25.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound center/left wing has been on the Flyers’ radar since he’d seemingly come out of nowhere playing college hockey for an obscure upstate Minnesota school, Bemidji State University.

Read’s first big moment on a national stage came his sophomore year when he led his school to a Cinderella season, a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. A year later, he was an NHL prospect but too old for the Entry Draft.

The Flyers were on him but would have to wait another year.

Last March, the Flyers made their move, and their one-way, $2.7 million offer for three years showed they were serious.

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