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THE SKINNY: Finishing ranked 19th overall among North American skaters by Central Scouting, Brandon Saad capped a solid regular season for Saginaw with 27 goals (second on the team) and 55 points in 59 games. In the postseason, Saad was a point-per-game player, recording 12 points in 12 games, before Saginaw was eliminated by defending champion Windsor. He won gold at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships with USA.
At the Under-14 U.S. National Championships, Saad won both the puck relay event and the breakaway contest at the skills competition. As a Pittsburgh fan, he goes to watch the Penguins any time he is home during the hockey season.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: "Brandon has very good speed and agility and that makes him dangerous, he’s solid on his skates and fights through checks very well. He plays a solid two-way game and is very responsible defensively."
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NEWS: 2011 Draft Prospect Profile #16: Brandon Saad (5.17.11) Brandon Saad of the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL promises to be one of the more highly touted American born skaters at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft this June. Saad placed fifth on the Spirit in regular season scoring and third during his team's playoff run (3-9-12 in 12 games). According to Central Scouting, Saad's ranking dropped from eighth at the midterm, to 19th in the final compilation.