Saad earned a point for the fourth time in five games and posted a season-high nine shots on goal in the 3-2 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday. His previous season high was seven shots on goal. Saad was one of six Blue Jackets skaters who registered at least five shots on goal, as Columbus recorded an incredible 60 shots on net (also a season high). Saad has been an all-around strong fantasy player through the first two months of the season. He has seven goals, 20 points, a plus-10 rating and 61 shots on goal (2.65 per game) in 23 contests.
Saad scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche. He's now got three goals and seven points in the last seven games while chipping in 17 shots on goal and a plus-4 rating. Saad is on pace to shatter his previous career high in points (53, set last season), and has been a big part of the Blue Jackets' best start in franchise history.
Saad scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Panthers. His goal midway through the third period salvaged a point for the Jackets, and Saad now has two goals and five points in his last five games. Columbus' new top line of Saad, Nick Foligno and Alex Wennberg has been giving the opposition fits with their speed and slick play, so expect the unit -- and Saad's recent surge -- to stick around for a while.
Saad scored a goal and added an assist during Friday's win over Tampa Bay. Still searching for his first power-play point of the season, Saad has done huge damage at even strength with five goals and 16 points over 19 games. Friday's tally snapped a seven-game goal drought, and because of Saad's lack of time with the man advantage, he could continue to be somewhat inconsistent offensively. Still, its difficult to argue with his excellent results to start the year, especially considering the 23-year-old winger has improved in the goals and points columns annually since his rookie year.
Saad picked up two assists in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Blues. He was briefly in coach John Tortorella's doghouse recently, but Saad still has 11 points (four goals, seven assists), 17 shots on goals and a plus-5 rating in his last nine games. The Blue Jackets are suddenly an offensive juggernaut, scoring 21 goals in their last three home games, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Saad to stay hot going forward.
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