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01-12-2011, 05:51 PM
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I'm very high on this kid. I see him becoming a Hartnell like player. A consistent 30-30 guy with a great physical presence. Should be a top 10 pick.
Really? He's big, certainly, but everything I've heard about the kid states that he doesn't really use his size as much as you'd expect. Have seen him play only once, he looked big, fast and skilled, but he wasn't particularly physical.

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01-12-2011, 06:02 PM
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I'm very high on this kid. I see him becoming a Hartnell like player. A consistent 30-30 guy with a great physical presence. Should be a top 10 pick.
Hopefully he becomes more consistent then Hartnell. Saad is a very intriguing player. Can't wait to see him play.

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How do you pronounce his last name?

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Saad

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Really? He's big, certainly, but everything I've heard about the kid states that he doesn't really use his size as much as you'd expect. Have seen him play only once, he looked big, fast and skilled, but he wasn't particularly physical.
I saw him twice in the USHL: one time he wasn't very physical, the other time he was dominant. I have no idea how he'll end up, but I'm pretty sure he has it in him.

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I saw him twice in the USHL: one time he wasn't very physical, the other time he was dominant. I have no idea how he'll end up, but I'm pretty sure he has it in him.
Yeah, some games he has huge problems of not using his size along the boards which makes some scouts question his ability and heart. So consistently is his concur, but I see him going in the top 13.

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I'm very high on this kid. I see him becoming a Hartnell like player. A consistent 30-30 guy with a great physical presence. Should be a top 10 pick.
Have you actually seen him play? His game is NOTHING like Hartnell's.

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01-13-2011, 12:26 AM
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My Dad (stepfather, but my DAD since I was twelve) was born in the Gaza Strip when Palestine was still a country. He's as Canadianized as maple syrup, having been here since the early 1960's. His first name is Saad. When Brandon Saad is drafted, the first thing I'm going to do is get my Dad a jersey with "SAAD" on the back. How many ex-patriot Palestinians can dream of wearing an NHL jersey with their name on it?

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Saad (Sawd)

But I saw bits and pieces of him, he kind of reminds me of Rick Nash

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Official Brandon Saad Thread

Did some searching and couldn't find one that was strictly related to him so I thought I would make one.

My Avs continue to drag ass. Around Christmas it was looking like they would be picking in the 14-20 range.

In January it was more in the 8-14 range.

Now, with a 7 game losing stretch it looks like the Avs will be picking in the top 8.

With that comes the chance to draft a game breaker like Ryan Strome Brandon Saad. Besides Duncan Siemens, or one of the top 4...this kid is likely the player I want the most.

But, with that being said I do want some more info on him.

How good is he defensively?

Is he good at faceoffs?

How is his skating?

How is his vision?

How is his hockey sense?

Where do you see him going? I would expect somewhere in the 5-7 range possibly.

So many questions, hopefully some of you have some answers!

[NOTE: Stolen from my fellow Av fan RS. Thnx buddy, I am too lazy )

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uh oh, another "Official" insert name here thread....

in all seriousness, not sure where Saad goes as he has dropped a bit in the rankings. With Saad your not getting a physical powerforward, though he does use his body from time to time. Saad relies on his God given offensive skills way too much, and really doesnt work anywhere near as hard as he should, which is a shame because he worked very hard last year in the USHL.

Saad looks to be one of the better scoring forwards available, and he does have a high hockey IQ. But his compete level, work ethic, willingness to get dirty, and physicality has a bit to be desired. He has the ability to be something very very good, but you just see a player going through the motions sometimes. He will be a top 10 pick, but he has the ability to be much more then what he is.

His skating and vision are fine, the kid has all the skills to be a high end player....but if you dont have the heart or drive to excel, all the skill really wont matter.

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02-14-2011, 01:14 PM
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Yikes! He does sound like a Wolski.

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02-14-2011, 04:10 PM
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Sounds to me like Dustin Penner....and...I see what you did there...

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02-15-2011, 10:13 AM
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I've seen Saad a handful of times this season and came away impressed every time. Maybe I've been lucky and caught him on good nights- but he didn't start to drop till he was held back some by nagging (but minor) injuries so I wonder if some the more recent complaints are more refecting him playing at less than full strength. The fact he did play through it is a plus in my book though.

Good skater, good shot, not afraid to stckhandle into the zone and create his own opportunites (maybe too much at times- but no big issue for sure). He's not a pure powerforward where he uses brute force to get what he wants- but he does use his size (more so earlier in the season so maybe that injury thing?..) and has great insincts. If he drops out of the top ten I think he'd be a steal.

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Brandon Saad

Can anyone give me information about him what kind of player he projects to be he looks really good kind of reminds me of a Bobby Ryan but I'm not sure considering the lack of seeing him play.

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02-25-2011, 05:56 PM
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More a Peter Mueller type of player. Big frame but rarely uses it.

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Kind of a north south offensive player, good size and speed. I think the JVR comparison was good (less creativity though). And thats not necessarily a compliment. Meaning, he needs to use his assets better.

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Falling down in the rankings for good reason.

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Definitely not a Bobby Ryan, Saad has a lot more speed but does a lot less with it. He just screams low offensive ceiling in the NHL to me.

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03-20-2011, 10:13 AM
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he's Lebanese... we're all superstars in our heads..

Work ethic will drop once he signs a big contract. Although we always show up in playoffs & in big games. Trade mark of Lebs..

Kadri same thing...
he is syrian

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Saad’s family, after all, comes from Syria. And though you might think a player of Middle Eastern descent would be an easy target for trash-talking opponents, Saad hasn’t seen it yet.

“Most people don’t know,” he remarked.

And Saad takes a lot of pride in his status of Syrian hockey trailblazer.

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03-20-2011, 10:38 AM
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If the Avs end up with the Blues pick this year.

I would want one of:

Siemens
Puempel
Saad

with the pick at 11th or 12th.

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For sure the biggest issue with Saad is consistency. People either come away impressed, as I have, or disappointed

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Brandon Saad

Noticed that he started off his rookie OHL year strongly, but struggled to score in the latter half of his season. Even in his rankings by a couple of scouting agencies, he positioned high early on (top 5-10), but lost ground towards the end.

In Mckenzie's September top 10 rankings for the 2011 draft, Saad tied with Landeskog at #4.
In his January rankings, Saad was #8.
But in Bob's April rankings, Brandon fell out of the top 10.

In Central Scouting's preliminary rankings, he was rated as the #2 OHL skater behind Landeskog.
In their mid-season rankings, he finished at #8 overall amongst all NA skaters.
And in their final rankings, he finished #19.

Currently he is rated #19 by the ISS (was #12 a month ago, #9 a couple of months prior.)

He started off his rookie OHL season with:
20 goals, 13 assists, 33 ponts in his first 27 games.

Ended off with:
10 goals, 23 assists, 33 points in his last 44 games (including playoffs).

For those who have seen him play, how has he been overall with Saginaw this past season? What does he project to? A top 15 pick, or a guy who will fall to the 20-30 range?

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This year John Mcfarland, IMO he is going to drop to the 2nd round...

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This year John Mcfarland, IMO he is going to drop to the 2nd round...
His status as a "power forward" will prevent that IMO (even if that isn't really how he play). Someone needs to light a fire under him, but there's no denying the skill set.

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