Brandon Saad’s rookie year couldn’t have ended much better, with the 20-year-old being part of the Chicago Blackhawks’ second Stanley Cup in four seasons. On Saturday, the personal honors continued.
Saad was one of three forwards named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team earlier today. Saad, the Blackhawks’ second-round pick (43rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, had a breakthrough season with the team in 2013. After playing with the Rockford IceHogs through the lockout, Saad became a Blackhawks top-line threat, finishing with 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games.
The Pittsburgh-area native, who averaged 16 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time per game this regular season, was also a Calder Trophy finalist for the league’s top rookie. Fellow All-Rookie team selection Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers won that award.