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Background on 2011 draft prospect Brandon Saad. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: October 27, 1992/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height/Weight: 6-1/208 pounds
Position: Left Wing
2010-11 Team: Saginaw (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||19th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||24th overall|
|International Scouting Services||21st overall|
|The Hockey News||14th overall|
|In first season with Saginaw of Ontario Hockey League, had 55 points (27 goals, 28 assists) in 59 games. Registered 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 12 playoff games. Was slowed by groin injuries during the season.|
|In 2009-10 played with USA Under-18 team, registering 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games. Had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 7 games as USA won gold at 2010 Under-18 World Championship.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating. Strength on the wall and on the cycle. Puck skills. Heavy wrist shot.
Negatives: Effort has been inconsistent since injury.
Link: ESPN.com Brandon Saad Profile
|"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.” - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"Saad rose up swiftly into the top 10 in December but hasn’t been able to hang on to that momentum. The big question is his grit and willingness to pay the price at times does seem to shy away from the rough stuff. Did battle the inconsistency bug, and at times was invisible during games. Saad is a skilled, offensive minded winger that possesses the size of a power forward but seems to bring a little more offensive creativity to the table." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Top-end talent had a very inconsistent year in his Major Junior debut. At times was a dominating force who controlled the play nearly every shift, but too often was a passenger and ended up being a disappointing under achiever in our eyes. Has every tool in the shed with size/strength, hockey sense and puck skills. Has a rocket shot with pro-calibre release and soft hands to feather passes on the tape." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide