Accountability works and Brandon Saad proved it in Vancouver.
The left winger saw demotion to the 4th line only four games into the season. Saad looked to be a shell of himself on the ice, and fans questions whether or not he truly cared. There was even a near healthy scratch before the October 18th Coyotes match that appeared to have lit a fire under him.
As a result, Brandon Saad looked like the 2014 version of himself against the Vancouver Canucks on October 31st.
During that Canucks game, Saad was on the second line in place of Patrick Kane who was out with an illness. In Kane’s absence, Saad tallied the game’s first goal and ended with 5 quality shots on net. Nearly every time he hit the ice he noticeably made an impact.
In addition to his one tally, Saad found multiple grade-A scoring chances throughout the game but failed to capitalize as he hit the post once and experienced yet another bad bounce.
For more on Saad’s performance during that game, as well as other important takeaways, check the story here.
The Blackhawks need to continue to address major problems in this aggressive manner.
The Chris Kunitz scratch was as frustrating as it was necessary. An acquisition made over the summer that most fans felt didn’t fill the major holes in the roster sat on the bench as a scratch against Vancouver on October 31st.
On a similar note, although this didn’t take place in October, Nick Schmaltz recently earned himself a healthy scratch last night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Accountability from the top down will be key in how the Blackhawks produce in the present and what they will look like in the future.