The son of a Syrian immigrant and the grandson of a former NFL official who worked in two Super Bowls, Saad does not come from the hockey world. However, he knew from a young age that he would grow up to be an NHL star and did not hesitate to share that thought.
after being scolded by a teacher for not studying hard enough in school one day, the boy who collected hockey pucks and kept his collection under his bed told his teacher adamantly that he didn’t need to study because he was going to play in the nhl.
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Saad’s vision became a reality on October 1st. On January 7, 2011, when he made his NHL debut for the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in the second round (No. 43) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The Pittsburgh native established himself as a consistent scorer with at least 23 goals in four of his first six full nhl seasons.
A strong skater with good instincts, Saad originally wanted to be a goalie, but his mother talked him into the idea, telling him he was too good a skater too fast. The advice proved sound when Saad was accepted into the US National Hockey Team’s development program in 2008.
saad transferred two years later to the canadian hockey league and played two years of junior major hockey with saginaw of the ontario hockey league, where he produced 131 points (61 goals) in 103 games. He also represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championships, scoring one goal and five assists.
A Calder Trophy finalist in 2013, Saad finished his first season in the NHL tied for fifth in points among NHL rookies (27) and tied for third in assists (17) in 2012-13 and He went on to share the lead among rookies in points with six (one goal) in 23 playoff games while helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup.
saad also helped the blackhawks win the stanley cup in 2015, finishing with 11 points (eight goals) in 23 games. He then played in the 2016 NHL All-Star game as a member of the Blue Jackets, who obtained his negotiating rights in a trade with Chicago on June 30, 2015 and signed him to a six-year contract on July 3, 2015. 2015 tied for the lead with Colón with 53 points (31 goals, 22 assists) in 2015-16.
Saad was traded back to Chicago on June 23, 2017, but after three more seasons with the Blackhawks, he was traded again, this time going to the Colorado Avalanche in October. 10, 2020.
With the Avalanche, he scored 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 44 regular season games and eight points (seven goals, one assist) in 10 playoff games. After the season, he signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract ($4.5 million average annual value) as a free agent with the St. louis blues on july 29, 2021.
notes & transactions
- ohl first all-star team (2012)
- nhl rookie team (2013)
- played in nhl all-star game (2016)</ li
- traded to columbus for chicago with michael paliotta and alex broadhurst for artem anisimov, jeremy morin, corey tropp, marko dano and columbus’s 4th round pick (later traded to ny islanders – ny islanders drafted anatoli golyshev) in the 2016 nhl draft, June 30, 2015.
- traded to chicago for columbus with anton forsberg and columbus’s 5th round pick in the 2018 nhl draft for artemi panarin , tyler motte and ny islanders sixth round pick (previously acquired columbus draft pick jonathan davidsson) in the 2017 nhl draft, june 23, 2017.
- traded to colorado for chicago with dennis gilbert by nikita zadorov and anton lindholm, october 10, 2020.
- signed as a free agent by st. Luis, July 29, 2021.