When Matt Read arrived at Skate Zone Wednesday morning and saw his name written on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, he thought at first that coach Peter Laviolette had made a mistake.

Read, after all, is a rookie. He doesn't think of himself as the kind of skill player Jaromir Jagr is – and yet, he's been given the nod to take Jagr's spot on the team's first line while the veteran right wing recovers from a strained left groin.

"Obviously it's pretty special to be playing with those guys," Read said. "Giroux's one of the best players in the NHL right now and Hartnell has amazing skill and sees the ice really well. I've got some big shoes to fill with Jagr, but I'll make the most of it."