The Blackhawks Blog caught up with 2011 second-round draft pick Brandon Saad at Prospect Camp to ask him about being draft by Chicago, his hockey inspirations and more.
Past or present, is there an NHL player whose style you’d like to emulate?
It’s pretty tough to compare myself to an NHL player. I’m just trying to work my hardest and make myself into the best player I can be. If I had to pick someone, I’d really like to play like [Pittsburgh’s] Jordan Staal, especially his two-way game.
Is there any player you idolized as a kid growing up?
Being from Pittsburgh, I watched a lot of Mario Lemiuex and Jaromir Jagr, who were pretty good players, obviously. They were fun to watch.
The Ontario Hockey League has a great reputation for having a really passionate fan base. What has your experience been like in Saginaw?
We have a good team, and the fans are so great; they always cheer us on. It’s a fun place to be.
You came up through the U.S. Developmental Program. Are there any U.S. Development Team alums who you follow?
Zach Parise is a guy I really respect in New Jersey; he’s done a lot in his career already and I look up to him for sure. And being in Chicago now, you look at Patrick Kane see what he's done, he’s such a great player, too.
What was the first thing that ran through your mind when you were drafted?
There really wasn’t a lot; it took a while to sink it. I was really excited of course, and having my family there was an honor. I looked forward to coming to Prospect Camp here in Chicago. I didn’t know that much about the Blackhawks, besides knowing they’re a good team. But I did watch a lot of their games, and I saw the craziness at the United Center. It’s an exciting place to play.