Will Brandon Saad Make Team USA’s Final Cut?

By Keith Schultz

Apr 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) skates with the puck against the Nashville Predators during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

There were some that didn’t think Brandon Saad would be a factor on the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks team before the season started, and he proved them wrong with a Calder finalist effort scoring 10 goals and 17 assists. Saad did this playing on the top line for most of the season with the talents of Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Not only did he finish third for rookie of the season, He was able hoist the Stanley Cup after his rookie season.

Saad  proved he belonged all season long not on the checking line, but Saad did it on the top line of the best team in the NHL from start to finish while not just being a secondary player, but one that was counted on during the entire season.

Now heading through the weekend there were doubts that Saad would get an invite to the US Olympic tryouts, but low and behold there was Saad’s name along with 2010 Olympian Patrick Kane and teammate Nick Leddy on the roster invites for the 2014 USA Olympic team.

So the question is do we doubt that Saad can make the team and produce on one of the biggest stages outside of the Stanley Cup Finals or do you think is history proves he will make the team and be a huge impact? Saad already has a Stanley Cup before he turned 21, will he be able to be part of a USA Olympic Medal team in 2014?

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