The Ontario Hockey League has named Brandon Saad Player of the Week after a torrid performance for the Saginaw Spirit.
Saad’s story this year is well-documented. He was a star in training camp, and began the season with the Blackhawks, thanks to a few injuries. He didn’t register a point for the Hawks, but did show that he has a bright future with the organization.
The 18-year-old Saad was clearly impacted by his time with the Hawks, as he has been a force since the team returned him to Saginaw on October 12th.
In five games since returning to Saginaw, Saad has an absurd 13 points. Eight of those are goals to go along with the five assists and a plus-3. The Spirit have won three consecutive games.
Saad played in the first two games of the regular season for the Hawks, both against Dallas. Most of his time was spent on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Once Dan Carcillo returned from suspension and Viktor Stalberg returned from injury, there wasn’t room left for Saad in the lineup.
Since he’s in juniors again, Saad can’t be called back to the Blackhawks unless it’s a case of an emergency injury. Even so, it demonstrates the Blackhawks’ depth in knowing there’s a player like Saad that will eventually make his way to Chicago on a full time basis.