How Much Better Will Brandon Saad Get for Chicago Blackhawks in 2013-14?

February 7th, 2014 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

It's not about Brandon Saad's long-term potential.

That's not a subject that is even up for debate. While he may not be at the level of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, it is all trending in the right direction for the 21-year-old forward from Pittsburgh.

However, with the Olympic break at hand, it's time to plot out exactly what Saad means to the Blackhawks for the rest of the season. This is a team that has designs on winning its third Stanley Cup in five seasons and its second in a row.

Saad was a solid contributor as a rookie in last year's memorable run to the Stanley Cup and picked up some support for the Calder Trophy. He scored 10 goals and 17 assists last year and ripped home the Blackhawks' first goal of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of that series.

However, Saad was not one of the main contributors. That's not a criticism, that's just a fact. How could he be on a team that had Toews, Kane, Keith, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook?

The Blackhawks still have that core group of superstars on head coach Joel Quenneville's roster, but Saad ...

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