It didn't take Brandon Saad long to feel comfortable wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey again. After helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015 before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 24-year-old forward looked right at home in his first couple of days of training camp. Saad said he enjoyed his two seasons with the Blue Jackets, who traded him back to the Blackhawks on June 23, but Chicago is where his NHL career began. "It's kind of like I never left," said Saad, who stepped back into his former role at left wing on the line centered by captain Jonathan Toews. "It's a different locker room now (after it was remodeled in 2015), but it's good to be back. You see some familiar faces, you're used to everything around the city and things like that, so I'm feeling pretty comfortable." Saad, 24, has looked comfortable next to Toews during the first few scrimmages of training camp. Though Richard Panik has replaced Marian Hossa at right wing, the line is built on the same principles as the one Saad left behind after the Blackhawks traded him on June 30, 2015. Saad and Panik are two-way power forwards capable of winning puck battles along the boards. They complement Toews, whose size and strength allow him to be a force around the net and low in the offensive zone.
Saad picks up where he left off with Blackhawks
NHL.com | Sep 17