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Brandon Saad

North American Skater - Saginaw, OHL
Final Rank:19Midterm Rank:8
Position:Left WingShoots:Left
Height:6' 1"Weight:208
Born:October 27, 1992Hometown:Gibsonia, PA
Born in:Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Drafted: 2011: CHI (2nd Round / 43rd Overall)  Chicago Blackhawks
• In the 2011 Ontario Hockey League playoffs, Saad finished third on the team with 12 points (3-9--12) in 12 games -- Saginaw was eliminated by Windsor, the defending Memorial Cup Champions. During the regular season, he was tied for second on the team with 27 goals (27-28--55) and 12 powerplay goals in 59 games.

• A gold medalist at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships, Saad competed for the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program in 2009-10 -- he led the team with 58 points (29-29--58) in 63 games. He was one of the final seven players cut from the U.S. roster for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships.

• Born of Syrian descent (his father is from Syria), Saad played one season with the North American Hockey League’s Mahoning Valley Phantoms in 2008-09 alongside his older brother, George. He was named the NAHL’s Rookie of the Year after finishing the season with 47 points (29-18--47) in 47 games. He was also selected to the All-NAHL team, the All-North division team, and the All-Rookie team.

• A Pittsburgh Hornet alum, he is one of four former Hornets to be ranked by Central Scouting for this year’s draft -- goaltenders John Gibson (No. 1 ranked goaltender) and Michael Houser (No. 19 ranked goaltender) and forward Jonathan Miller (No. 23 ranked).

• At the Under-14 U.S. National Championships he won both the puck relay event and the breakaway contest at the skills competition.

• In his freshman year of high school, he played for Pine-Richland High School in his hometown Gibsonia, and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Troy Loney was his coach. A Pittsburgh fan, he goes to watch the Penguins any time he is home during the hockey season.

FAVORITES

NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL player: Sidney Crosby
Shootout move: Shot
Goal celebration: “On one knee ice sweep”
Video game: NHL 2010
Movie: The Holiday
TV show: Friends
Actor: Adam Sandler
Website: NHL.com
Restaurant: Primanti Bros. Restaurant
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Breakfast food: Cereal
Superhero: Spiderman

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2008-2009USA U-17USHL765112
2009-2010USA U-18USHL2412142618
2010-2011SAGINAWOHL5927285547




It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery