Saad is on the Blue Jackets' protected list for the upcoming expansion draft, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The 24-year-old winger hasn't exactly taken his game to another level since heading to Columbus two seasons ago, but Saad has provided the Jackets with a solid scoring presence, potting 24 goals and tying his career high with 53 points in 2016-17. As the talent level around him continues to improve, the 2011 second-round pick could be poised for a breakthrough.

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