• Four-point night in preseason win Monday

    News: Brandon Saad scored two goals and added two assists in Tuesday's 5-2 preseason win over the Predators.
    Analysis: The Blue Jackets' top line of Brandon Saad, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno racked up nine points between them, and it appears as though the offseason trade to acquire the former Blackhawk is going to pay huge dividends right out of the gate.
  • Saad Signs Six-Year Deal With Jackets

    News: Brandon Saad signed a six-year, $36 million deal with the Blue Jackets on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad, who was acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks earlier in the week, will make roughly $6 million per year despite never reaching the 30-goal plateau. He's just 22 years old, however, so Buffalo is betting that he'll continue to improve. Saad should team with Ryan Johansen to form a formidable tandem on the Blue Jackets' first line.
  • Blackhawks Trade Saad To Jackets

    News: Brandon Saad was traded to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The Blackhawks will receive forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Tropp along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice in the deal, while the Blue Jackets will pick up forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in addition to Saad.
    Analysis: The Blackhawks experienced some traction in their initial extension talks with Brandon Saad, but the two sides were eventually expected to reach an agreement on a new deal. However, with the prospect of another team submitting a huge offer sheet to Saad -- a restricted free agent -- becoming a looming issue, the Blackhawks decided to try to get something back in return for the forward rather than lose him outright. After scoring 23 goals and 52 points in the regular season and submitting a strong playoff performance as the Blackhawks claimed the Stanley Cup, Saad was expected to assume an even greater role in 2015-16, but his circumstances shouldn't change too dramatically with his new team. Though he won't have the luxury of potentially playing alongside Jonathan Toews, Ryan Johansen is one of the league's top up-and-coming centers, and could help Saad elevate his game to new heights.
  • Hawks, Saad Apparently Further Apart On New Pact

    News: Brandon Saad appears to be further apart from signing a new contract with the Blackhawks, 670 AM The Score reports.
    Analysis: GM Stan Bowman has said that he wanted to get Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger -- both restricted free agents -- signed by Wednesday, the start of the NHL's free agency period, but those efforts have been more difficult than anticipated. The Blackhawks are looking to sign Saad to a two-year contract extension at about $2.8 million annually, while Saad's representatives are apparently looking for a long-term deal worth about $4 million per year. Saad's 2014-15 totals of 23 goals and 29 assists were slightly better than his first full NHL season, and his potential to raise those numbers as he ages should eventually result in the Blackhawks reaching an agreement with the restricted free agent. The team is expected to trade Patrick Sharp at some point this summer to create cap space for Saad's new deal.
  • Hawks' Saad Pots Game Winner Wednesday

    News: Brandon Saad scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Lightning.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad took the puck to the net from behind the goal line, and was able to stuff a backhander under the left pad of Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Hawks the lead for good. He has goals in two straight games, and the top line of Saad, Marian Hossa, and Jonathan Toews has looked dominant over that span.
  • Chicago's Saad Steps Up In Game 3 Loss

    News: Brandon Saad notched a goal and led the Blackhawks in PIM (four) and shots (six) in Monday's Game 3 loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad tallied his first point of the series 4:14 into the third period, when he took a Marian Hossa pass near the left circle and buried a one-timer. Despite his lack of productivity in the first two games of the series, Saad has been a primary sniper for the Blackhawks through much of the postseason, ranking in a tie for third on the team in goals (seven).
  • Blackhawks' Saad Dominant In Game 4 Win

    News: Brandon Saad tallied a shorthanded goal and a pair of assists in Saturday's Game 4 double-overtime win over the Ducks.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad notched the shortie when Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin got tied up with a referee during his team's first-period power play, allowing the Blackhawks winger to break away unmarked to the net. It went down as his first goal since Game 1 of the second-round matchup with the Wild, but that wouldn't be where his night would stop. Saad had a hand in each of the Blackhawks' next two goals to finish with a game-high plus-3 rating.
  • Hawks' Saad Extends Game With Goal

    News: Brandon Saad netted the game-tying goal in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Preds, which the Hawks won in triple-overtime by a 3-2 score.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad has scored in consecutive games in this series, with his Game 3 deposit Sunday counting as the game-winning goal. The winger has been quite accurate shooting the puck, lighting the lamp on 25 percent of his shots in the opening round. He's a sneaky fantasy play skating on a team with a handful of more recognizable names, such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, to name a few.
  • Blackhawks' Saad Logs Two Assists

    News: Brandon Saad recorded two assists in Friday's win over the Sabres.
    Analysis: That's six points in six games for Brandon Saad, who hit the 50-point barrier for the first time in his young career. With 22 goals and 192 shots on goal, the 22-year-old, who plays on the power play with Jonathan Toews, has become a trusted fantasy option in most leagues.
  • Three-Game Point Streak For Hawks' Saad

    News: Brandon Saad registered a power-play assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Jets.
    Analysis: Brandon Saad has points in three straight games, and perhaps more notably, saw 3:27 of power-play time Sunday, second on the Blackhawks only to Duncan Keith. With a top-six role at even strength also in hand, Saad might make for a quality roster addition in medium-sized or deeper formats for the final two weeks of the season.