Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brandon Saad
Brandon Saad was born on October 27, 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A product of the USHL and the OHL, where he starred for the Saginaw Spirit, Saad was selected in the second round, 43rd overall of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Saad surprised most and cracked the Blackhawks lineup to begin the 2011-12 season. He would appear in two games for the club before being returned to junior. Saad was recalled to the Blackhawks on April 16, 2012, following the conclusion of his OHL season and made his NHL playoff debut three nights later.

Due to the NHL lockout Saad would begin the 2012-13 season in the American Hockey League. In 31 games for the Rockford IceHogs he would record 20 points. When play began in the NHL, Saad joined the Blackhawks and helped the club to their record-setting start, as club recorded at least a point in each of their first 24 games.

Saad and the Blackhawks would go on to steamroll the competition. Capturing the Stanley Cup in 2013. In addition, Saad was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy, though he would lose out Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers

In 2015, Saad and the Blackhawks returned to the Stanley Cup Final where they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. The Stanley Cup win was the Saad's second cup win in three years.

Due to salary cap restrictions, Saad was traded along with Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp and a fourth round draft pick.

In his first season in Columbus, Saad would reach the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career, finishing the year with 31. He would also record 22 assists for a career-high 53 point season. Saad would follow that up with a 24-goal campaign in 2016-17 while equally his career high with 53 points.

On June 23, 2017, Saad's time in Columbus would come to an end. He was traded back to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Anton Forsberg and a fifth round draft pick in exchange for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a sixth round draft pick.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2007-08 Pittsburgh Hornets MWEHL 26 11 19 30 16
2008-09 Mahoning Valley Phantoms NAHL 47 29 18 47 48 +21 7 5 1 6 10
2008-09 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 7 6 5 11 2
2009-10 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 24 12 14 26 18 +15
2009-10 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 39 17 15 32 16
2009-10 United States WJ18-A 7 3 3 6 4 +6
2010-11 Saginaw Spirit OHL 59 27 28 55 47 +8 12 3 9 12 10
2011-12 Saginaw Spirit OHL 44 34 42 76 38 +35 12 8 9 17 4
2011-12 United States WJC-A 6 1 5 6 0 +8
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 31 8 12 20 10 +1
2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 46 10 17 27 12 +17 23 1 5 6 4
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 19 28 47 20 +20 19 6 10 16 6
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 23 29 52 12 +7 23 8 3 11 6
2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 31 22 53 14 +1
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 24 29 53 8 +23 5 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 368 107 125 232 66 72 16 21 37 16


OHL First All-Star Team (2012) NHL All-Rookie Team (2013) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2016) Traded to Columbus by Chicago with Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst for Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Marko Dano and Columbus' 4th round pick (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Anatoli Golyshev) in 2016 NHL Draft, June 30, 2015. Traded to Chicago by Columbus with Anton Forsberg and Columbus' 5th round pick in 2018 NHL Draft for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and NY Islanders' 6th round pick (previously acquired, Columbus selected Jonathan Davidsson) in 2017 NHL Draft, June 23, 2017.
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