Brandon Saad American Ice Hockey Player

Shocking trade sends Blackhawks' Brandon Saad to Columbus Blue JacketsBrandon Saad (born October 27, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Saad was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Pine-Richland High School. He is an American of Syrian descent. He was drafted in the second round, 43rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

On October 4, 2011, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Brandon Saad to a 3-year, entry-level contract. It was announced that he would start the season with the Blackhawks, making him at 43rd overall the lowest draft pick to start with the Blackhawks in their draft year since the 2003-04 season. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on October 7, 2011, versus the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks reassigned him to his junior club on October 12, 2011.

He was named Canadian Hockey League player of the week for the week of October 17 to October 23. Saad was named team captain of the Saginaw Spirit for the remainder of the 2011–12 OHL season following the trade of Ryan O'Connor to the Barrie Colts. Saad finished the 2011–12 OHL season with a league-best 1.73 points-per-game average. Saad was recalled to the Blackhawks on April 16, 2012, following the conclusion of his season in the OHL, and made his NHL playoff debut on April 19, 2012. Saad notched his first NHL point on April 21, 2012, with an assist on a goal in a playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

During the 2014-15 NHL season, Saad tallied a career-high 23 goals and 29 assists. He added eight more goals in the postseason, including two game-winners and one shorthanded, while also recording three assists. On June 15, 2015, Saad won his second Stanley Cup as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. On June 30, 2015, the Blackhawks traded Saad's negotiation rights and two prospects to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Jeremy Morin, Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov, and a fourth-round draft pick in 2016.

Saad is the son of a Christian Syrian father, George Sr., and an American mother, Sandy. His father migrated to America at the age of 18 and also aims to bring his relatives still living in Syria over to America, to avoid the threats of the Syrian Civil War. His older brother, George, (born November 14, 1990) played college hockey at Penn State and was drafted by Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL Entry Draft.
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