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.