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Brandon Saad is ready to take his place with the top stars on the Chicago Blackhawks.
The second-year player has made a huge jump this season after a solid rookie season. It's not a surprise because Saad has all the measurables. He has size at 6'1" and 202 pounds, and has excellent skating speed.
Saad is currently right wing on the Blackhawks' third line with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell, but he can play anywhere head coach Joel Quenneville puts him.
Saad scored 10 goals and 17 assists as a rookie in 46 games last year. While he was clearly a talented player, he was not overly assertive.
This year, Saad has scored 14 goals and 16 assists in his first 42 games. He is the Blackhawks' sixth-leading scorer and he has a plus-16 rating. He also has a 59.6 Corsi for rating, per extraskater.com, which means he is tied with Jonathan Toews with the second-best figure on the team.
Saad is a physical player who is not afraid to go into the corner, use his body and come away with the puck. He can also make the perfect tape-to-tape pass and put the puck in the top corner of the net.
Saad has improved and continues to get better.