Welcome to week five of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup over the past seven days, as well as give some honorable mentions. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The Blackhawks are on a roll now, winning all 3 of their contests in the last seven days, and scoring 5 goals or more in 8 of their last 9 games. Contributions are coming from all areas on the team, but no one made a bigger impact than the Blackhawks’ star players in this week.
Third Star: Brandon Saad
When a team is playing well, their players are bound to do the same. Brandon Saad wasn’t off to the same hot start he had one season ago, and everyone knew there was more coming from the 21-year old. Blackhawks fans finally got a taste of the real Saad on Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers, as #20 capped off a solid week with a goal and an assist. Those were the only times Saad got on the score sheet in the last three games, but his level of play was of the highest we have seen. When he was without the puck, Saad was still an offensive threat, not only getting into passing lanes, but creating screens for opposing players so his teammates could walk right in, something he demonstrated well against the Winnipeg Jets. Saad was a beast on the back-check, part of the reason why he finished the week with a +/- rating of +4. Saad is still in the bottom-six forwards, but when players lower on the depth chart can bring their A-game each night like Saad, it makes the Blackhawks a very dangerous team.