Brandoon Saad looked incredible in his first start as a “non-rookie”. Coach Joel, Quenneville’s decision to take him out of his experimental position as a center is looking better and better by the day. Saad looked sharp playing his natural position as a winger, and saw power play opportunities as the game progressed. His ability to go to the net hard helped him pick up a critical goal, when the Washington Capitals were picking up a great deal of momentum.
Brandon Saad scored one goal and two assists, which is an amazing start to the season. Many fans, and insiders alike thought he would be traded after a lackluster second half of the season. He qualified as a Calder Award finalist, but was ultimately unable to continue on his torrid pace of goals in his rookie campaign. In conjunction with the lockout from last year, he finished the 2012-2013 season with just 10 goals (but many more assists). His play reminds many of a Troy Brouwer type role-player, but we are expecting better things out of him during his second year. With a full schedule ahead of him, and a Stanley Cup Championship already under his belt, Saad has the ability to make believers out of fans, scouts, and team members.
Look for Saad to continue to work heavily on the power play and complement top goal scorers by feeding them the puck at the most opportune times. Although he is busy making a name for himself, (and other teams are taking notice) he is still not considered one of the top men to guard. This is because Marian Hossa, Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp are the known scorers. As a result, Brandon Saad will continue to get a lot of open looks and will create chances for the Chicago Blackhawks as there aren’t enough elite defenseman on any team roster to guard Saad in addition to the goal scoring leaders. Exploiting those chances will only help Saad cement his place in history as one of the great hockey players of our time.
The Pittsburgh native looked serious after the game speaking with Pierre McGuire about the teams expectations and hopes, dispelling any thoughts of a team-wide “Stanley Cup Hangover”. This attitude trickles from the top to the bottom of the organization, and should carry Brandon Saad, and the Hawks far this year.by admin
After having rather lackluster playoff performances throughout the first three rounds, Brandon Saad began to find his stride a bit later than we expected. However, he played a pivotal role, and one of the most pivotal points in the Chicago vs. Boston series. He was a big reason why Chicago tied up the series 2-2 and split the two games in Boston 1-1. This came after an incredible push back from the Bruins, and resulted in an eye-popping 6-5 end score in favor of Chicago.
He learned how to play better puck possession, which will only make him a better player overall next year. In addition, he learned how to avoid making the big mistakes which is one of the most important things to do as a young hockey player. Here are just a few exclusive shots of Brandon Saad’s jubilation after winning the ultimate prize: Lord Stanley’s Cup. He will likely become a staple in the core group as he found many connections and learned how to play as a team. This was something he didn’t excel at, as his excitement was much greater than his natural skill. Once he calmed down, and the idea of being in the National Hockey League actually sunk in, he became an extremely talented role player, who could strike on any given play. Congratulations, Brandon!by admin
Chicago Blackhawks rookie, Brandon Saad is one of the three finalists for this year’s Calder Award. The Calder Trophy is given to the top rookie each season, for exemplary contribution. The last Blackhawks player to be nominated for this prestigious honor was right winger, Kris Versteeg. The last player to actually capture the elusive rookie of the year crown was superstar Patrick Kane. Though Brandon Saad scored 10 goals, the fewest number of all the rookies in the running, he was able to achieve an astonishing +17 rating during the regular season. It is a rare feat to achieve +17 for an established veteran player. The +/- rating speaks to the ability of a player to be an all-around contributor to winning, awarding a +1 when that player is on the ice for a team goal, and a -1 subtracted for every goal scored against that player’s team while on the the ice.
The rookie’s humility is confirmed when interviewed about his nomination for NHL’s top rookie. He said, “In the beginning of the season, I was only concerned about making the team. Now I just want to contribute to the team every night.”
Saad has already achieved a +2 rating in the playoffs, and has notched an assist. He has also seen a significant amount of time on the penalty kill. His great impact on the penalty kill has been fruitful. He has helped hold the wild scoreless the entire series on the power play. According to ESPN.com the Minnesota Wild have not been able to score once in 15 separate penalties. At first, many assumed Either way the committee votes, fans have to tip their hat to the “Pittsburgh Kid” all grown up.by admin