Brandon Saad Named To NHL All-Rookie Team

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On Saturday morning, Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team.

The Calder finalist is joined by forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) and Brendan Gallagher (Montreal), defensemen Justin Schultz (Edmonton) and Jonas Brodin (Minnesota) and goaltender Jake Allen (St. Louis).

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16 Responses to Brandon Saad Named To NHL All-Rookie Team

  1. Mike says:

    Well deserved

  2. Sr. Brad says:

    Congrats to Baby Hoss!

    You should take a b0w Tab, I remember when we made that pick there were a number of us who were very excited, but none moreso than you…

    You were right on the mark…and how about that draft…best Hawk draft ever? Has the potential to be…

    2011 1 18 Mark McNeill Canada C
    2011 1 26 Phillip Danault Canada LW
    2011 2 36 Adam Clendening United States D
    2011 2 43 Brandon Saad United States LW 2 0 0 0 0
    2011 3 70 Michael Paliotta United States D
    2011 3 79 Klas Dahlbeck Sweden D
    2011 4 109 Maxim Shalunov Russia RW
    2011 5 139 Andrew Shaw Canada C 37 12 11 23 50
    2011 6 169 Sam Jardine Canada D
    2011 7 199 Alex Broadhurst United States C
    2011 7 211 Johan Mattsson Sweden G

    The 2nd round might be the golden round…Saad and Clendening??? WTF? A huge part of our Heart and Soul in the 5th round with Andrew Shaw…and he contributed in his first year right out of juniors??? Crazy…Danault and McNeil in the 1st round are very, very tantalizing…McNeil has a chance to become that true power forward that we have been looking for. Danault is “Shaw-like” with his character and leadership. Paliotta and Dahlbeck both have a great shot at being regulars in a couple of years. Dahlbeck (that’s where I get the Stahlberg H) could become another Hammer, he had a terrific year with Stanton in Rockford. People keep telling me that Shalunov has the most talent of the whole lot. Both of the Broadhurst brothers have been great, they have progressed very well. Mattson is coming along well in net too.

    I think that in 2 years time, people will be raving about this draft!

  3. Pete says:

    Sr, you obviously know the prospects well. What are you hoping for in tomorrow’s draft?

  4. Sr. Brad says:

    Honestly I don’t know what to think, because I don’t think we are standing pat…with only a first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh…if we do stand pat, just remember that every year some of the best players in the draft come in the 2nd round…having the last pick in the 1st round, and being SC champions, and having a loaded farm system, it gives Bowman a lot of leeway…I think he will definitely take that guy who falls, for whatever reason, out of the top 15 all the way to the end of the first.

    And don’t forget that over the past 3 years, Bowman has drafted the following players in the 5th round…

    Marcus Kruger
    Andrew Shaw
    Garret Ross

  5. RyanDale says:

    The secret to the H is revealed !! ha, .. tnx Brad

  6. Tab Bamford says:

    Note: Kruger was a Tallon pick in 2009

  7. Pete says:

    So there isn’t a particular player that you think would be great that has a realistic chance of falling to the Hawks?

  8. EbonyRaptor says:

    Congrats to ManChild for making the all-rookie team. I hope the accolades and winning the Cup doesn’t result in him resting on his laurels, rather it motivates him to get better and stronger.

    I really liked the top line of Saad-Toews-Hossa and hope Q goes back to it and sticks with it like he did this season – even if they resign Bickell. I’m sure many will think the top line should be Bickell-Toews-Kane, with Saad playing on the 3rd line, but my thinking is that Q can always go to that if he needs to change things up so I’d like to put Saad with Toews and Hossa to keep his game on the upswing and see if he doesn’t put up 25+ goals playing the offensive cycle game with 19 + 81. I don’t want Saad to kind of settle in on the 3rd line and be happy with 15-20 goals. I want him pushed to exceed what he did this season. I’d have no problem paying Bickell like a top-6 guy but play him on the 3rd line and then have him play top line when Q wants to load up. Besides, Toews and Hossa were #1 and #3 in the league in takeaways this season and Saad is a better relentless takeaway guy than Bickell is.

    Saad-Toews-Hossa
    Sharp-#2C?-Kane
    Bickell-Shaw-#3RW?
    #4LW?-Kruger-Frolik

    Same as last where possible. It worked pretty well before.

  9. Sr. Brad says:

    Bowman was Assistant GM to Tallon in 2009, and was running the drafts…the 2009 draft was June 26-27th and Bowman was promoted to full GM on July 14th…so while technically Kruger was a “Tallon” pick, realistically he was a Bowman pick…from the moment that Bowman took the reigns in July, he was raving about Kruger…

    Pete there are too many possibilities to mention because I think Bowman will take the BPA (best player available) with the last pick in the first round, and with a loaded farm system, it could be for any position. I really think there will be one or two big talents that fall, and Bowman will jump on one of them. Bowman has to be looking for impact players, because our system already has so many capable players that are close to making the big club. Think about it, if Bowman drafted a centre, when would this player have any chance to make this roster with Pirri, LeBlanc, Danault, McNeil, TT, and Kevin Hayes all in a log jam over a 1-4 year period?

    ER, I loved the Toews/Hoss/Saad line and would love to see it again, but 2 things…one, the 2nd line centre spot is going to be filled “in house” and if it is Pirri or LeBlanc, then having Sharp and Hossa as linemates will give this player the best chance to succeed at both ends of the ice…and 2, if Hoss has surgery to repair a disc, he won’t be ready for October…not happening…

    I just worry about putting Pirri on the same line as Kane for his first season, and having him fulfill all his defensive responsibilities.

  10. J.C. says:

    They say this Burakowsky guy is a big time talent who could slip (or be there depending on who you ask) at 30…I wouldn’t mind swing for the fences for this guy to see if he can fill out his potential, something the Blackhawks can afford to do.

    I’m a huge fan of Jacob de la Rose and Valentin Zykov, though I think both those players will be picked the late teens/20’s picks

  11. EbonyRaptor says:

    @ Sr Brad – good points. Hopefully the shot and rest heal the back issue so Hossa doesn’t need surgery and hopefully Pirri isn’t the 2C – but if he is I agree Hossa would help more defensively that Kane would.

  12. ratboy36 says:

    While taking nothing away from anyone who called Saad a monster pick,even more so at his draft position.It was sort of simple to know just that.He destroyed competition in Saginaw.After a stellar first season,his second season was twice as nice in the regular season as well as the playoffs.He just manhandled those kids.70 something points and I think a plus 35 including a 15 points or 17 in 12 playoff games.I bought his #43 sweater as soon as I could.Yea he changed to 20 but whatever.Hopefully they lock him up next.He should be Star for years to come.

  13. Sr. Brad says:

    Ratboy, I never understood Saad falling in the first place because no one ever mentioned attitude or off ice problems…just consistency.

    So kudos to Bowman for grabbing him where he did…the amazing thing is that the Hawks took Clendening BEFORE Saad…there is a great interview with Mark Kelley on the subject, and he said that the Hawks couldn’t believe it when both Clendening and Saad were still available when they picked the first time in the 2nd round, and they split hairs going with Clendening, hoping Saad would continue to slide…when they got Saad with their 2nd pick of the second round, he felt a small miracle had occurred. Remember, McNeil and Danault were the 1st round picks, and Shaw was the 5th rounder…just incredible.

  14. ratboy36 says:

    No doubt SR,IMHO Danault and Clendy will join Shaw and Saad in their “popularity” contest out of that draft year.Still pulling for Broadhurst also.

  15. Sr. Brad says:

    I like both of the Broadhurst brothers as well.

  16. RyanDale says:

    Our new division, which i despise, is getting some big time players in draft

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