"Leaving UC with this nugget which may or may not be a surprise..of all the bubble players, Saad isnt one of them...he'll be here next week. Expect Saad to be signed to an entry level contract and break camp with the Hawks. "
with the injuries and suspension to Carcillo it makes sense for Saad to make the team. he has 9 games to measure up vs NHL talent, or less, and if he can perhaps he stays. if not he gets sent back with a more accurate report card on what he needs to work on to make the team next year.
i don't see anything bad coming out of a 9 game look.
and if he blows socks off and sticks past the 9 games, great! even if he hits a wall later, CHI is deep enough to protect him in the lineup and he won't hurt you playing a 12 minute a night role, plus i doubt he loses confidence from it or that it would hurt his offensive development.
exciting to see him play! looking forward to more!