CHICAGO – Brandon Saad should be the envy of the NHL right now.
One season removed from earning a spot at left wing on the Chicago Blackhawks' top line as a rookie, the 20-year old Saad is first in line to fill one of the most coveted jobs in the League. He started training camp playing center on the second line for the defending Stanley Cup champions, lining up between veteran stars Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
Aside from a brief look at prospects camp a couple years ago, it's the first time Saad has played in the middle in his entire career, dating back to his youth hockey days.
"I'm pretty excited," he said. "Center is usually one of the best players on the ice and you get to come up the middle and you have to play well defensively. It's going to be something new for me, but I usually pride myself on playing well defensively, so hopefully that can help out."