Brandon Saad Starts, Plays in Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 Win Over Coyotes
The former Pine-Richland hockey star logs nearly a minute of power-play time against Phoenix. He also could be looking at more playing time over the next month.
The rookie Saad, 20, replaced tough-guy winger Daniel Carcillo, who apparently will miss up to four weeks due to an MCL injury from a run-in Saturday with Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Against Phoenix late Sunday, Saad started the game with captain Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. He took two shots and finished with a plus-1 rating while taking a regular shift, according to the NHL.
Saad was on the ice for Hossa's game-winning goal, 14 seconds into the third period. He also logged 54 seconds of Chicago's six minutes of power-play time.
Coach Joel Quenneville showed little trepidation in using the youngest player on his roster, with four veterans logging less ice time than Saad. Before the game, told reporters before the game he likes Saad's offensive ability and his penchant for making plays and protecting the puck.