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Brandon Saad | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 204
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Todd Richards is expecting Brandon Saad to be a leader with the Blue Jackets.
"We know what type of player he is; he's an honest, hard-working player with a lot of speed and he can finish plays," said Richards. "He was on a great team and he's going to come in here and make this team better, there's no doubt in my mind." The Columbus bench boss wouldn't discuss his potential line combinations, but Saad is expected to get playing time with Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky as a top-six forward. Aug 24 - 9:48 PM

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Brandon Saad is projected to play with Ryan Johansen during his first season with Columbus.

However, he may be a good fit alongside Brandon Dubinsky too. Regardless of who he plays with, Saad is bound to see an increase in responsibility with his new team. The 22-year-old has won two Stanley Cups and he's coming off a 52-point season. He will get plenty of opportunities to surpass the 60-point mark in 2015-16.
Aug 5 - 2:27 PM

Brandon Saad ranks second on the Blue Jackets in playoff experience.

Of course, all 67 of those games were with the Blackhawks. What’s noteworthy is that Saad is only 22 years old, and trails Scott Hartnell, who is 33, by 24 games on the list. This underscores the relatively little playoff experience the Blue Jackets have on their roster, though it has grown in recent seasons with several additions. Brandon Dubinsky and his 37 games are first among team holdovers. The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs twice in their 14 seasons.
Jul 26 - 5:36 PM

The negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Saad were pretty easy.

The two sides agreed pretty quickly on the six-year/$36 million contract extension with only the small details to work out."Both parties wanted to get a deal done, and get it done sooner rather than later," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "Brandon wanted to get it done so he could concentrate on hockey and get to Columbus. It took a couple of days, but it was more about the smaller details than anything else. We weren't far apart at the start." Saad had 23 goals and 52 points last season and will look to top that mark in Columbus as he will be a go-to player, something he wasn't necessarily in Chicago.
Jul 4 - 6:13 AM

Brandon Saad has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chicago dealt Saad to Columbus as it wouldn't have been able to meet the restricted free agent's contract demands. Saad had 23 goals and 52 points in 82 contests in 2014-15, so just by that standard, it would seem Columbus is overpaying. That being said, the expectation is that this is a contract Saad will go into. He's just 22 years old (23 in October) and it's not hard to envision $6 million annually looking like a fair price for the majority of this agreement. This also gives the Blue Jackets two very promising young, skilled forwards between Saad and Ryan Johansen.
Jul 3 - 2:47 PM

Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets are still working on a new contract.

Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he and Saad's agent, Lewis Gross, are still negotiating. Saad was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, but he still hasn't come to terms on a deal with his new team. The young winger was traded by the Hawks because they didn't feel that they could bring him back at a number that made sense for them. There were several reports saying that Saad was looking for $6.5 million per season. It will be interesting to see what the final numbers end up looking like once a deal is reached.
Jul 2 - 7:09 PM

Brandon Saad and Chicago never got close to agreeing to terms before he was traded to Columbus.

Saad is a restricted free agent and was reportedly looking for $6.5 million annually. "It's fair to say we both tried hard to make it work. It wasn't going to in this scenario," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "I don't think we ever came close on a contract. It wasn't for lack of effort. I respect their side. It just didn't work for us, and it obviously didn’t work for them. That's why we had to move on." We'll have to wait to see what Saad agrees to with Columbus.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 8:31 AM

Brandon Saad has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus also received Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst from Chicago, while the Blackhawks acquired Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano and fourth-round pick in 2016. Changes were expected to come for the Blackhawks due to the cap and Saad, who is set to be a restricted free agent, becomes a casualty as a result.
Jun 30 - 5:25 PM

Restricted free agent Brandon Saad and the Blackhawks have had solid contract negotiations to date.

Both sides seem to feel progress is being made on a long-term deal. Saad is one of the Hawks' emerging talents and Chicago GM Stan Bowman wants to get a contract done. We are pegging Saad as a 60-point guy next season with the potential for more going forward. Stay tuned.
Jun 27 - 1:00 PM

Brandon Saad of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks can become a restricted free agent July 1, but don't expect that to happen.

Saad wants to re-sign with the Hawks and general manager Stan Bowman is confident that he'll be able to satisfy the talented forward with a new deal. "He's grown as a player," Bowman said Wednesday. "We want him to continue to grow and take a bigger role next year. We've seen him emerge over the last couple of seasons. He's just starting to grow into a big role on our team, and that's going to continue for many years to come. We'll work that out." Saad could receive offer sheets if he doesn't reach agreement with the Blackhawks prior to free agency. Chicago has a difficult salary-cap situation heading into next season but Bowman said he isn't worried about it affecting his ability to re-sign Saad, who recorded career highs in the regular season with 23 goals, 29 assists and 52 points.
Jun 18 - 12:21 AM

Brandon Saad netted the game-winning goal for the Blackhawks in their 2-1 triumph in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning on Wednesday night.

We are witnessing the birth of a star at just 22 years old. As ESPN’s Craig Custance pointed out, Saad had one goal in his first playoffs, six last year and eight this season. Saad's winner came at 6:22 of the third period. He also has 10 points in 21 games this time around. Jonathan Toews got the other goal, his first in the Stanley Cup Final and 10th in the playoffs. Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane got the assists. With the series tied at two, Game 5 shifts back to Tampa Bay.
Jun 10 - 11:06 PM

Brandon Saad found the back of the net in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was Saad's first goal of the Stanley Cup Final, but he has scored in three of his last five games. That puts him up to seven goals and nine points in 20 playoff contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 9:47 AM

Brandon Saad skated with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

He opened the scoring in the second period with his fifth goal of the playoffs. "Those two players by themselves are so great and dominant that when you put them together it's a pretty dynamic duo," Saad said. "I had a lot of fun playing with them, so I'm just happy to be here. Those two led the way." He has seven points in 16 postseason matches this year.
May 28 - 11:25 AM

Brandon Saad scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 double-overtime win over Anaheim in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Saad opened the scoring late in the first period when he beat Frederik Andersen with a shorthanded goal. The 22-year-old also picked up an assist on each of Chicago's first two third period goals, which were scored by Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in just over 24 minutes of ice time. Saad now has four goals and two assists this postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Brandon Saad considers Game 4 on Saturday to be a "must win."

"We let one slip away last night so we have a big one coming up," Saad added. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thuesday after squeaking ahead with a triple-overtime victory in Game 2. The Blackhawks will certainly have their work ahead of them if they drop Game 4, but they're talented enough and have done well enough in this series to make it hard to dismiss them even if Anaheim takes a 3-1 series lead.
May 22 - 3:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Alexander Wennberg
4Gregory Campbell
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Brandon Saad
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
RW1Nick Foligno
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
D1Jack Johnson
2David Savard
3Ryan Murray
4Fedor Tyutin
5Kevin Connauton
6Dalton Prout
7Cody Goloubef
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney