Which team is best suited to keep Matt Read?
It’s not all about the NHL, and the best way to keep a player is to play him well.
That’s exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks are doing.
In the wake of losing captain Jonathan Toews to an ACL injury, the Blackhawks have put Matt Read on an injured reserve list.
Read, 30, had missed the past two games with a groin injury and has since been put on waivers.
The Blackhawks’ depth chart is not exactly ideal, but that’s the only way the Blackhawks will have the depth they need to make it to the playoffs.
Read played on a line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp last season, so it’s no surprise they’re banking on him being a top-four defenseman.
The problem is that he’s only a depth defenseman, meaning the Blackhawks could have to use him on the fourth line.
Read would not be the first NHL defenseman to be put on IR.
Chris Phillips was the only player to miss a game with an injury last season.
The Flyers also have some depth options in that department, with Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and Travis Sanheim all available.
In terms of the Blackhawks’ top line, the only difference between the two is that Chicago’s depth could be a bit tighter.
Ryan Hartman and Jonathan Toeppen are both good defensively, but their roles will be shifted when the Hawks add another defenseman.
If you think the Blackhawks would like to add a defenseman, the first line would be Jonathan Toew and Tyler Toews.
That duo would be the two most talented players on the team.
The Hawks’ top two lines will also include Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya, who both have good speed and the puck.
The other two line combinations will be Michal Rozsival, Kyle Cumiskey and Nick Leddy.
The three lines could have the best chance of making the playoffs, and if that happens, the Hawks will likely be playing in a top four or five.
What’s your favorite line?
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