GAME HIGHS: Goals: 2 / Assists: 2 / Points: 3 ... HAT TRICKS: 0 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 24
CAREER: In the 1st season of a 3-year contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids...2013 Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (Playoff MVP) after 16-5-21 in 24 GP...2012 World Championship silver medal with Slovakia...Represented Slovakia at 2009 and 2010 WJC and 2014 Olympics.
2014-15: Named NHL's 2nd star of the week on 1/19...Had a career-high 3 points (2-1-3) on 1/17 vs. NSH and 2/7 at ARI...Posted points in 6 straight games, 11/14-11/24...Tallied two goals on 11/20 at WPG...Scored the GWG in back-to-back games, 11/18-11/20.
OTHER: Scored his 1st NHL goal in his 1st game on his 1st shot, 12/31/10 vs. NYI...Debuted as the youngest player in the AHL at 18, becoming the 1st DET drafted player to begin the season in GR the same year he was drafted.
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