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Introducing Brandon Saad: Rookie to make NHL Playoff Debut

The Blackhawks will be inserting 2011 2nd round pick Brandon Saad into the lineup tonight in place of injured forward Marian Hossa.  Here are a few quick facts about the newest Blackhawk

  • Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area
  • Physically mature. Listed at 6’2″ 210 lbs
  • At one time was considered a top 5 overall prospect in his draft class, but slipped to the Blackhawks in the second round when he didn’t perform as well as expected in his first OHL season
  • Saad plays left-wing.  His strengths on the ice are his hockey sense, strength, and scoring touch around the net
  • Saad had 76 points in 44 regular season games.  Then added 17 points in 12 OHL playoff games
  • Saad was awarded the sportsmanship award in the OHL this past season

Difficult spot for a rookie to come in.  Tonight won’t be Saad’s first NHL action as he had a cup of coffee with the varsity at the very beginning of the season, but the playoffs are obviously a different animal.  I believe that he is the best option for the Blackhawks to fill Hossa’s vacancy in the lineup.  Having said that, nobody can replace Hossa.  As I said yesterday, I would like to see Saad skate with Toews and Kane on the top line.  Those are big minutes for a rookie in his first playoff action, but playing with skilled and responsible players such as Toews and Kane should take some pressure off of Saad.

 

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