2013 Blackhawks Report Card: Brandon Saad

Bruce Bennett

We all know how the Man Child fared in 2013, but let's take a look anyway.

Standard Regular Season Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV SH PP S S% TOI ATOI
46 10 17 27 10 17 12 9 0 1 2 14 0 3 98 10.2 757 16:28

Advanced Regular Season Stats (5 on 5)

TOI G A FirstA Points Shots iFenwick iCorsi ShPct G/60 A/60 FirstA/60 Points/60 Shots/60 iFenwick/60 iCorsi/60 IGP IAP IPP
607:54:00 9 13 10 22 86 111 130 10.47 0.888 1.283 0.987 2.17 8.49 10.956 12.831 27.3 39.4 66.7

Standard Playoff Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV SH PP S S% TOI ATOI
46 10 17 27 10 17 12 9 0 1 2 14 0 3 98 10.2 757 16:28

Advanced Playoff Stats (5 on 5)

GP TOI/60 Corsi Rel QoC Corsi QoC Corsi Relative Corsi On On-Ice Sh% On-Ice Sv% PDO Pens Taken/60 Pens Drawn/60 Off Zone Start % Off Zone Finish %
23 13.62 -0.5 -5.369 16.2 23.57 3.57 935 971 0.2 1 55.1 52.7

One of the reasons that the Chicago Blackhawks were able to take home a second Stanley Cup title home in the last four years, especially after selling off most of the roster that won it in 2010, is the way they've drafted and developed talent over the past few years. And Brandon Saad is an excellent example of their ability to draft.

Obviously they passed on him a couple times before eventually selecting Saad at no. 43 overall back in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but it's impossible to look at Saad as anything other than an absolute steal for the Hawks. His first full campaign with the Hawks was absolutely stellar.

It wasn't always reflected on the stat sheet, as it took him until his ninth game this season to find the back of the net, but the contributions to the Hawks from Brandon Saad were visible nearly every single night. Even with the frustrations that came with his goal-less drought early on in the year, in the middle of the year, and during the playoffs, he still ended the season with some pretty impressive totals, at least among first year players.

Saad's first full year in the NHL featured an output of 27 points, which ranked with the top rookies in the game. His 10 goals and 17 assists, along with that plus-17 rating, helped him to end the year as a Calder Trophy finalist. Playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on the top line for much of the year certainly helped his career get off on the right foot.

But the fact that he started off playing next to a pair of likely Hall of Famers shouldn't take away from what Saad achieved this year. He was a player that showed up every single night, finishing second on the team for the 'Michael Frolik Work Your Ass Off' award. He helped to create an outstanding forecheck, bringing an excellent mix of size and speed. As the season wore on, he began to see an increased role, which included time on the penalty kill.

You really can't say enough about the job that Brandon Saad did as a rookie in 2013. As his career wears on, the points will come. With his 6'1" frame, good speed, and great hands, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with in this league. We saw a glimpse of that in 2013, and look forward to see how he continues to grow as his career in Chicago wears on.

Final Grade: A

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