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6 Blackhawks Players Who Are Currently on the Hot Seat

By Tony Gianares
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 6: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on April 6, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 6: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on April 6, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Brandon Saad

Since returning to Chicago during the summer of 2017, Brandon Saad has fallen from grace at a rapid rate. Saad was re-acquired because he played a more physical game and brought more defense to the forward group. The former golden boy has become quite dull.

Many people, including myself, expected Saad to take back his old spot alongside Jonathan Toews on the first line, but that hasn’t happened.

He actually found himself on the third line for most of the 2018-19 season and was even healthy scratched a few times. Saad has been playing like a $6 mil 3rd line winger which has been tough to swallow.

When you see Panarin leading the Blue Jackets into the playoffs, it’s hard not to say that the Blackhawks lost the Saad-Panarin trade.

The big drop off in production from a guy who the Blackhawks were expecting to be a fixture in the team’s core should be seen as a failure. There’s still time to turn things around, but Saad’s seat could be the hottest of all the players on the Blackhawks’ roster.

Brandon Saad is still in his prime and he did bounce back with 47 points (23G, 24A) in 2018-19, so his trade value has seen a nice bump. Saad would probably be the easiest player to move right now. Maybe StanBo & Co. trade him to acquire a Top 4 defenseman.

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