Scored 37 points (10g/27a) in 78 games during his first season with the Islanders and fifth NHL campaign...Set a career high in goals, matched his career best in points and finished second on the team with a career-high, plus-minus rating (+18)...Led all Islanders defensemen in points, goals and plus-minus rating...Recorded eight multi-point games, including a season-high three-point game (1g/2a) on Feb. 19 vs. Nashville...Scored his first goal as an Islander on Oct. 14 at NY Rangers...Recorded his first career two-game goal scoring streak (2g/1a) from Oct. 14-16...Scored his 100th career point (goal) on Nov. 11 vs. Colorado...Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 10 at Columbus...Had two points (1g/1a) and a career-high, plus-4 rating on Jan. 19 vs. Philadelphia...Signed a seven-year contract on Feb. 24...Missed four games with an upper-body injury from March 10-17 - the Islanders lost all four games in regulation...Recorded his 100th NHL assist on Apr. 11 vs. Columbus.
Traded to Chicago by Minnesota with Kim Johnsson for Cam Barker, February 12, 2010.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday