Prospect Profile: Brandon Saad

Brandon Saad, Left Wing

DOB: 10/27/1992   Ht: 6’2   Wt: 205

Drafted: 2nd round (43rd overall) in 2011 – Saginaw (OHL)

Saad was rated 19th by Central Scouting heading into the 2011 Draft, but fell to the Hawks in the back half of the second round. Now, he appears to be one of the steals of that class. He had a strong preseason in 2011, and made his NHL debut when the 2011-12 season opened. After two games, however, the Hawks sent him back to his junior team in Saginaw.

Saad was one of the most impressive prospects in the OHL last year, racking up 76 points (34 points, 42 assists) in only 44 games. He then dominated the postseason, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists in 12 playoff games before the Spirit were eliminated.

He registered his first NHL point with an assist against Phoenix in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Saad should be considered a candidate for the Hawks roster if/when the 2012-13 season begins.

5 Responses to Prospect Profile: Brandon Saad

  1. Brad Stevenson says:

    I loved how he handled himself when he fell to the 2nd round…he was surprised, and excited to prove every other team how wrong they were to pass on him…

    I think that we have a very nice NHL player in the making…and I get the same feeling about Danault…

  2. amp says:

    Thank you for this excellent reminder of that fateful summer. I believe Bowman’s biggest gaffe that summer was his decision to keep Hammer at the expense of one of players that he traded. Then he was outplayed by San Jose into overpaying for him. Salary space we could have used to keep one of these guys.

  3. Tab Bamford says:

    A look back at the calendar indicates that Hjalmarsson’s offer sheet came AFTER the trades were made in the summer of ’10. Blaming that deal for losing another player isn’t factually accurate.

  4. Veronica says:

    my favorite rookie player. Loved him right when he got picked for the blackhawks. Very impressive player and will soon join the ranks full time. He got the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player award too. :)

  5. Ryan Stewart says:

    When I watch this guy play, I see shades of Sharp and Toews. I absolutely love his skating style and once he gets the point totals up people will finally give him the respect he deserves!

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