Late this afternoon, the Blue Jackets acquired forward Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks. The left winger was a huge part of the Blackhawks' recent playoff run that resulted in a Stanley Cup win (the team’s third championship in six years).
In his short yet extremely successful career, the 22-year-old played a total of three seasons in Chicago and has two rings to show for it.
And since we’re on a numbers kick, let’s dive in and take a look at some of Saad’s stats:
23 – Saad scored a total of 23 goals in 2014-15. The only other Blackhawks to score more were Jonathan Toews (28) and Patrick Kane (27).
29 – He added 29 assists, which was the fifth-most on the team.
52 – Saad’s point total during the regular season. The only players with more points were Toews (66 P), Kane (64 P) and Marian Hossa (61 P).
52.5 - Saad’s shot attempts percentage (SAT%) at even strength. In all situations, that number was 53.2. His most frequent line mate was Jonathan Toews, whose SAT% at even strength was 51.3.
17:15 – Saad’s average TOI per game during the regular season.
82 – Saad played all 82 regular season games, making him a fixture in coach Joel Quenneville's top six. He was one of only four Chicago players to suit for every regular season game, the others being Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Now let’s take a look at Saad’s numbers during the 2014-15 playoffs:
8 - Saad scored the third-most goals in the postseason for Chicago, trailing behind only Kane (11) and Toews (10), which was enough to rank him eighth overall in the league.
20:16 – in 23 total playoff games, Saad's average ice time per night was over 20 minutes. To put that into perspective, Kane’s numbers: 20:23 TOI/avg and Toews: 20:54 TOI/avg.
And, last but not least, some random facts and figures…
- Of his 23 total goals during the season, 13 were scored at home and 10 were on the road.
- NHL regular season totals: 52 goals and 74 assists for a total of 126 points in 208 games played.
- NHL playoff totals: 15 goals and 19 assists for a total of 34 points in 67 games played.