Brandon Saad, LW
Hometown: Gibsonia, PA, USA
Drafted: 2011 by Chicago, 43rd overall
May 2013 – Brandon Saad has been named a Calder Trophy candidate joining fellow nominees Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) and Brendan Gallagher (Montreal). Saad finished the regular season tied for fifth in rookie scoring with Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk and Edmonton’s Justin Schultz after scoring 10 goals (fifth among rookies) and 27 points in 46 games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Saad’s plus-17 rating was tops among all freshmen. Brendan Ross
December, 2012 – Currently in the middle of his rookie pro season, Saad’s performance at Rockford has been up-and down. He has 11 points in 21 games and has shown enough for the ‘Hawks to remain excited about his potential.
February 2012 – Brandon Saad has dominated the competition this season playing for the Saginaw Spirit. He has an astounding 1.77 points per game average and would no doubt be leading the league in scoring had he not missed a month due to injury, and another few weeks playing for Team USA at the World Juniors – to say nothing of making the Chicago Blackhawks to start the season. Saad is a strong player at both ends of the ice, and physically is NHL ready. Saad has surprised many with his offensive production this season and is looking like a steal for the Blackhawks.
Fantasy Outlook: A-
If Saad can land a top six role on a deep Blackhawk lineup, he could be a surprise contender for the Calder next season.
Great highlights from Saad:
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