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Columbus Blue Jackets’ Brandon Saad Could Become Worthy Of MVP Award In New Role

Brandon Saad Interview

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Brandon Saad became a household name during this past postseason. Many die-hard NHL fans, especially those in the Chicago area, knew the potential this kid possesses. That became apparent to everyone on this most recent Stanley Cup run. As quickly as everyone got to know him, he was traded away from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Now on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saad is in the perfect position. He is on a line with Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen. Those two players compliment his skill as a top-line forward very well. This preseason, this line has dominated their opponents. It is almost unfair when these three are together on the ice.

The best part about Saad’s linemates is their unselfish attitudes towards the games. These three players know the endgame is for someone to score, and it doesn’t matter whose name ends up on the score sheet. What Saad brings to this line is his ability to finish plays. He can take the great setups from Johansen and put them in the net.

Saad could become an MVP candidate starting this season. If the Blue Jackets are able to turn around a bad season and make the playoffs, Saad will get a lot of the credit. If he is able to put together the points he is on pace to, then he will deserve to be in the MVP conversation.

Saad only scored 23 goals last season, but he had to share the offensive load with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. In Columbus, he is the man. He doesn’t have to worry about sharing, although he most likely will. He has an outside chance of being a 40-goal, 80-point player this season. Those are numbers this franchise hasn’t seen since Rick Nash left.

Every year, Saad gets better. He is a four-year veteran who already has two Stanley Cups under his belt. He is only 22 years old and learned from some of the best in Chicago. The addition of Saad makes Columbus one of the scariest teams in the Eastern Conference. His position as the new star in Columbus will turn into media attention, which usually turns into MVP votes.