It’s safe to say he exceeded them.
According to NHL.com, Saad has been named to the NHL’s 2013 All-Rookie team. While it's not a big surprise considering he was nominated for the Calder Trophy, it's still a meaningful accomplishment.
Saad registered 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points, which put him in a tie for fifth in rookie scoring. He also tied with Duncan Keith for fourth on Chicago’s scoring list. His most productive stretch of the season came in March, when he notched 11 points in just nine games.
Saad, who stands 6'1" and weighs 202 pounds, averaged more than 16 minutes of ice time per game this season while playing on a few different lines. He played similar minutes in the postseason, registering a goal and five assists.
He is just 20 years old and has the potential to be a solid top-six forward for many years. He has good speed and a strong shot and continues to improve different aspects of his game, including his play in the defensive zone.
The Blackhawks selected the Pittsburgh native in the second round as the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. He spent time with the U.S. National Development Team before suiting up for the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit in 2010-11. In the following season, Saad was one of the most dominant offensive players in the league, recording 76 points in just 44 games.
The defence features Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild. In goal is Jake Allen, who showed great promise in his 15 appearances with the St. Louis Blues this season.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.
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