Brandon Saad still a indispensable for Columbus BLUE JACKETS

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Brandon Saad still a indispensable for Columbus BLUE JACKETS

Postby Helena » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:31 pm

As the Columbus Blue Jackets David Clarkson Authentic Jersey continue their march to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the chemistry of line pairings and who plays with who becomes more and more important.
On June 30, 2015, one day before NHL free agency, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Marko Dano and a fourth round NHL draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta.
The trade made headlines across North America. Blackhawks fans were understandably angry about the trade after Saad said he would take less money to stay in Chicago because it was where he wanted to be. Blue Jackets fans were understandably excited after upgrading their top six significantly, but also sad to sacrifice Anisimov’s and Dano’s potential.
But the trade has worked well for the Blue Jackets. Last year, Saad had career highs in goals (31) and points (53) and he is on pace to surpass that point total this season.
Sure, a lot of Blue Jackets fans have seen Saad miss on a handful of breakaway opportunities this season and have judged him for it, but it is important to also realize that several of those breakaway opportunities happened because of his play readability. With his $6 million cap hit, the Blue Jackets expect their highest paid skater to show up and make a difference every night, and he has done just that for the team so far this season.
Losing Anisimov was a blow, but two years later, it’s impossible to call this trade anything other than a win for Columbus.
With the Blue Jackets all but confirmed for the postseason, they will need him to step up and score if they want to make it out of the first round, regardless of their opponent.
The main reason the Blue Jackets signed Saad was for his playoff experience. He won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks — in 2012-13 and again in 2014-15 — huge accomplishments in the 24-year-old’s still-young career. In his 67 playoff games, Saad has 15 goals, 34 points and averaged nearly 18 minutes of ice time per game.
While Saad may not be the name in the headlines for the Blue Jackets David Savard Youth Jersey this year ,He is still a workhorse for Columbus, indispensable.

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