The Gibsonia native in Pennsylvania has everything he needs to succeed in the NHL and if it were not for the lock-out in the NHL, he would already be confirmed as a full member of the 2012- 2013 of the Hawks. It is virtually unthinkable to imagine Brandon Saad not knowing success in major leagues. The complete “package” he has.
In the 2007-2008 season, Saad moved to the midget team in his sector and amassed 94 points in 76 games. At that time, the leaders of the Pittsburgh Hornets knew they had a jewel in their hands. The following year, after being the first choice of the OHL priority auction, he moved to the NAHL with the Phantoms of Mahoning Valley where he scored 47 points in 47 games. With 29 goals, Saad earned a place on the first team of stars and obviously won the title of recruit par excellence.
One of Saad’s feats is that he participated in 7 games for the US National Development Program (NTDP) and earned 11 points in that sequence. He spent the whole of the following season and in 63 games, the striker scored 29 goals in addition to being an accomplice on 29 others. A 58-point card that makes many eyes open in the NHL gyrons. It was at this point that several recruiters already saw in him a potentially interesting potential for the National League.
Already very mature and ready to play hockey caliber, Saad finally made the jump in the CHL with the Spirit of Saginaw where he does not lose time by recording 55 points in 59 games to his rookie season. The Chicago Blackhawks make him their second round choice later on. That same year, he spent very close to staying with the big club after a thunder training camp. He only took part in two games and then returned to his junior club where he will experience an extraordinary season amassing 76 points in just 44 games. He also stands out during the playoffs by collecting 17 points in 12 games. After eliminating his team, he joined the Hawks then in the playoffs and played two
matches in place of Marian Hossa.
On the ice
On the ice, Brandon Saad is the perfect prototype of “Power forward” and this name sticks to the skin. Saad is always in the right place to put on the needle and is not afraid to go and get the puck in the corner of the rink and even rarely loses his battles along the ramps. A quality that impresses each of the NHL leaders and has become increasingly rare among young hopefuls.
From the height of its 6 feet 2 inches and its some 210 lbs, Brandon Saad has the perfect physique to play with the Hawks. His skating shot is impressive for a big guy and when he moves into the opponent’s zone to put pressure on the defensive, his skate shot becomes his biggest asset because it allows him to apply solid failure and successfully come out with the puck afterwards.
Even if one can say with ease that Saad possesses all the elements necessary to play in “the show”, it will still have to work on its constancy. At the NHL level, you have to go every night and maybe that’s the only thing that’s missing.
Top 10 at the Hawks:
(less than 25 games in the NHL)
1. Brandon Saad – Left Wing
2. Stephen Johns – Defender
3. Brandon Pirri – Center
4. Teuvo Teravainen – Left Wing
5. Adam Clendening – Defender
6. Marc McNeill – Center
7. Kevin Hayes – Center
8. Jimmy Hayes – right
9. Dylan Olsen – Defender
10. Jeremy Morin – Left Wing