The Blackhawks collection of prospects has played two of their three games in Oshawa, and one name has stood out from the rest: Brandon Saad.
In the first two games, Saad has piled up five points and has clearly emerged as one of the best players, if not the best, on the Chicago roster for the tournament. On Sunday, he was again on a line with Jimmy Hayes and 2011 first round pick Philip Danault. Both Saad and Hayes had two goals in the game.
Saad, who saw his draft stock slide from potentially being a top ten selection all the way to the mid-second round, has played well enough to be featured on NHL.com early this week.
Based on the comments of Ted Dent, the coach in Oshawa who will be the head man in Rockford this winter, it appears Saad will play another year in juniors with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. Last year, Saad posted 27 goals and 28 assists in 59 games with the Spirit, and followed that with 12 points in 12 postseason games.
He’s already listed at 6’1 and 203 pounds, and uses his frame effectively. Saad doesn’t turn 19 until Oct. 27, but his future looks very bright.