If you’re a Chicago Blackhawks fan that doesn’t know who Brandon Saad is – that might change very soon.
After playing in two regular season games and two playoff contests with Chicago in 2011-12, Saad took part in this summer’s Blackhawks prospect camp. It’s just the first step on the road to making the 2012-13 edition of the Blackhawks, but he’s made the most of it by impressing coach Joel Quenneville.
In addition to his brief stints with Chicago last season, Saad scored 34 goals and 76 points in just 44 OHL games. He’s got the potential to be a good top-six forward and you might see him in that role as early as next season.
Of course, that will be a difficult task as Saad will be facing stiff competition. He’ll need to have a strong showing in training camp to secure a significant role with Chicago next season, but he’s capable of doing just that.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.