Matt Read (2013 Edition...and so on)
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05-03-2014, 04:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
I want to see Read take Hartnell's spot, move Hartnell to the 2nd and put Raffl in Read's 3rd line spot.
Like Appleyard showed, he's got arguably the best shot on the team. A 15% shooting rate is crazy, and it's even higher in the playoffs. He'd fit great with G, especially since he can actually handle the puck and pass. He's also fast and great along the boards for his size. He's been solid for this team since he got here, he deserves a shot with top minutes. His offense is wasted being a shutdown guy.
I'd also say put Schenn on the RW and have 3 guys who can pass, handle the puck and shoot while Voracek can control the 2nd line, but that's a different discussion.
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Read's soon to be 28 if he's getting any better from here on out it's going to be moderate at best. He excels in a defensive role & still adds enough secondary scoring while doing so. He holds much more value in the role he's used at currently. The extra 5 goals or 10 points a year isn't worth it to change it up. If it's not broke don't fix it.
It is broke though, just because it's not Read's line doesn't mean he's not part of the solution elsewhere in the lineup. The top 2 lines need tweaking and Read is a piece that can fit anywhere well. He's also got an offensive touch that's being wasted on the 3rd line. It's not as simple as "it's working, don't change it". It can work better and we've got other guys that can replace him defensively anyway. You don't stop improving because something you're doing is working moderately well.
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