Brandon Saad
Brandon Saad
25-Year-Old Left WingLW
Chicago Blackhawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Saad had his least productive season as a pro since the shortened 2012-13 campaign last year, totaling just 18 goals and 35 points while posting a minus-10 rating in 82 contests. The 25-year-old winger had been a model of consistency up until last season, totaling at least 23 goals and 52 points in three consecutive campaigns, so he'll be a prime bounce-back candidate in 2018-19. Saad's decrease in scoring can largely be attributed to the career-low 7.6 shooting percentage he posted on the whopping 237 shots he fired on net. He had never posted a shooting percentage lower than 10.2 percent in a single campaign up until last year, so with a little bit of puck luck, he shouldn't have any issue potting 25 goals this season. The 6-foot-1 American could be a fantastic value pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
Healthy scratch upcoming?
LWChicago Blackhawks
October 15, 2018
Saad was not part of Chicago's top four lines at Monday's practice, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
This is an intriguing development, considering Saad has tallied two assists in five games to start the season. Chicago's next game is still three days away Thursday versus the Coyotes, and a lot can change between now and puck drop. The 25-year-old American is healthy and has averaged 17:03 of ice time, fifth most among Blackhawks forwards, so this will be a story worth monitoring over the next few days.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Brought over from the Blackhawks a couple of seasons ago to help instill a winning attitude in the Blue Jackets locker room while taking his production to another level in a larger role, Saad ably accomplished the former but failed to deliver the latter, as he scored exactly 53 points in each of his two campaigns with Columbus. The skilled, physical winger still has room to grow, as he won't turn 25 until October, but his inconsistent compete level landed him in coach John Tortorella’s doghouse more than once last year and he may simply be a strong complementary player rather than a foundation piece. Sent back to Chicago in the offseason in the deal for Artemi Panarin, Saad could see significant minutes alongside Jonathan Toews, giving him his best chance yet at a true breakout.
The offseason trade for Saad was supposed to put the Blue Jackets over the top and make them a perennial playoff contender, but instead the franchise took a massive step backwards last year. You can't pin the blame for that on Saad, however. The former Blackhawk led the team with 31 goals (his first 30-goal season) and a career-high 59 points while playing his typical aggressive, two-way game. Surprisingly, he didn't play a big role on the power play for Columbus, seeing less time per game with the man advantage than he did in any season with Chicago, but the 23-year-old winger should reverse that trend this season as he continues to mature. The team's lack of depth up the middle could limit Saad's production, though, as he's currently set to skate on a line with 2013 first-round pick Alexander Wennberg, who has yet to establish himself as an offensive threat in the NHL. While Wennberg could blossom in that role, the more likely result for Saad is another productive season that doesn't really do justice to his true upside.
The Jackets had to give up a lot, but even so, they positively stole Saad from the Blackhawks this offseason and promptly signed him to a six-year contract. Still just 22 years old, the Pittsburgh native is one of the league's most exciting young talents, he's held the Stanley Cup, and he's now going to join a pair of stars in Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno on what should be an explosive top line for the Blue Jackets. Take Saad's elite speed and finishing ability and combine it with what projects to be an increase in minutes, and you've got a strong candidate for a fully fledged bust-out season. Don't miss out.
Saad showed some flashes of potential in his first full season in the NHL, finishing sixth on the Blackhawks in scoring with 47 points. It represented a sizable step forward for Saad, who doubled his output in goals from 10 to 19. Saad will only turn 22 when the season starts and should only see his numbers climb from here, especially as he continues to improve upon his obvious chemistry with Patrick Kane. Barring an injury, Saad will continue to rise up the list of forwards in the league. A point total in the mid-to-high 50s aren't out of the question this season.
Saad made the 2013 NHL All-Rookie squad and was a Calder Trophy nominee after he scored 10 goals and added 17 assists in 46 games last season. This output is just the tip of the iceberg, but he needs to develop more consistency to fulfill his potential as a power forward. He'll be a top-nine guy with the Hawks this season and could see time on the second line, too. But beware the sophomore slump. It doesn't happen to everyone, but when it does, it ruins fantasy seasons.
Saad surprised last season by making the team out of camp ... especially since he was just 18 years old. His time with the big club only lasted two games, but he clearly made an impression -- the Hawks called him up for their postseason and he dressed for two playoff games after Marian Hossa went down with a concussion. In between the two stints with the Hawks, the 6-1, 208 lb left winger utterly dominated junior hockey (76 points in 44 games). It would not be a surprise this time if he starts the 2012-13 season with Chicago and sticks for the season. He'll have his ups and downs, but 35 points are definitely possible.
The Blackhawks' second-round draft choice in June's NHL Draft will be looking to prove the critics wrong this season that he should have been picked in the first round.
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Looking to bounce back in 2018-19
LWChicago Blackhawks
September 12, 2018
Saad will be looking to enjoy a bounce-back campaign after posting his lowest point total since his rookie season in 2017-18.
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Posts 35 points back with Chicago
LWChicago Blackhawks
April 30, 2018
Saad put up 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) while playing in all 82 games, firing off 237 shots on goal and averaging 17:30 of ice time.
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Notches assist in loss
LWChicago Blackhawks
March 23, 2018
Saad tallied an assist and fired seven shots on goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
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Has points in back-to-back games
LWChicago Blackhawks
February 17, 2018
Saad recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-1 blowout win over the Capitals.
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Model for puck control
LWChicago Blackhawks
January 27, 2018
Saad is leading all skaters who've played at least 25 games this season in Corsi For percentage with a value of 59.0.
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